I am working on being positive and up front with the kids because they need to know how important the test and school really are and we don't have time to waste at this point in the year. However, in 6th grade all they are worried about is who they're going to talk to after class or what they are doing after school. It's hard to remember back to being that young and not being worried about the future or something coming up a few months from now. As an adult, you're always looking forward to that next thing coming up. My students think about the next 10 to 30 minutes and not much more than that unless it's something really big. It's hard to relate to that and figure out a way to get them to realize that what they do now or in the near future in school is going to affect their lives. And that's just one of the challenges of teaching middle schoolers!
The next month and a half is going to require more organization, efficiency, and more time after and before school tutoring. Hopefully it pays off in the end!