So, my students are winding up their collaborative projects that I have posted about previously, click here to view. The last couple of days students have made a a concerted effort to finish up the projects. Students have been staying after school, using my open door policy by coming in during their study halls, lunch periods, or any other free time, and asking questions after hours via Edmodo. While I admire their efforts, I believe that if they started out this focused on the project, there would be no need for as much effort now. I do realize that the dreaded, state mandated, standardized tests were last week which created a different atmosphere for the start of the project. Being entrenched in the holiday season and weekly threat of “SNOWMAGEDDON X” from the local weather forecasters has added to the ongoing list of distractions for this project.