40% of my students passed their T1 writing proficiency. 40%.
It’s gonna be a long, long year. The kids I’m working with, who are second language learners, swap their verbs round and round between past and present tense. I was weary just reading them.
I thought the poem would have touched them. These Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden. I think they got it…that they understood how to connect with the poem. Sadly, if you can’t write a coherent essay about it, it doesn’t matter.