I love reading about your adventures in teaching! I recently read that you were teaching juniors in high school. Did you see a lot of juniors stressing over the college application process?
I did teach one period of juniors this last year as well as my first two years teaching. I can’t say they seemed stressed over college apps, much to my [this sounds bad, but] disappointment. I used to be a college recruiter prior to teaching, and junior year is probably the most important year in preparing for college. It’s the year that students should be visiting colleges and picking their top schools to apply for. By the time students are seniors, they should have their school decision made (or top few schools) and then spend this year looking for scholarships. No, it’s not law, but it would make things MUCH easier for students in the long run if they focused more like this than putting things off till last semester of senior year.
I wish my past juniors would have taken things more seriously and stressed a bit more about their college careers. But then again, maybe they were on top of things and I just wasn’t aware of that only seeing them for one Spanish class each day.