Below is an outburst I made at a meeting yesterday in response to a comment from the facilitator about the afternoon being a hard time for people to pay attention. Not the most tactful thing I’ve done recently.
There are two types of teachers in the world. There are teachers who love to tell you all of their excuses for why kids can’t learn last period, or first period, or after lunch, or Friday, or Monday, or the week before Christmas, or the month of December, or the month of June. Then there are teachers who say my students have brains and can use them and we are going to learn today and I don’t give a shit what anyone says.
(I don’t mean to claim that all times are equally conducive to learning. Just that excuses don’t help, and my experience is that, with a handful of rare exceptions, any student can learn at any time if they have teachers who care about them and create opportunities for meaningful learning.)