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Dear Students,

Finals week brings out both the best and worst in you.  It makes your realize that you have not had your shit together all semester, and somehow you need to get it together in three days.  It also make that my problem somehow.  Guess what?  As much as I want you to be successful, I can’t go back and make you come to class or do those assignments for you.

So here is some quick advice for you.  If you are going to go see your professor to discuss your grades, make sure you are taking what you need with you.  No teacher or professor is going to give you points because you say you did something.  Also, teachers are pretty fair people.  If they take points off there is a reason.  Arguing with them about a few point when you have a pretty good grade is really pointless.

It helps if you have been in class regularly and been ON TIME!  I know that I am way more likely to round a grade up if you have been here ad given me some effort.  If you skip class and don’t hand things in, well, chances are I am not going to take your late work.  I am going to stick to my syllabus and say “sorry about your luck.”

Check your grades before finals week.  That way you know what you are missing or what you need to be doing.  Instructors are not nearly as likely to give late grades the week of finals when you have known all semester that something was missing.  Keep on top of your grades.  You are a big kid now and you need to be responsible for yourself.

This week is one that has the ability to make or break your semester if you have not been on top of your classes.

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I am a mom, wife, and teacher. I am a hot mess sometimes and sometimes I think I have it all figured out. Teaching for me is about teaching to the whole kid and making sure I am staying true to who I am in the process. I am far from perfect, but I try my best.

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