Not that having a lesson plan turn sour is equivalent to losing a loved one, but I did notice some similarities in my thought processes.
I recently administered an assessment that went very poorly indeed. After some reflection, I understand that a lot of factors were in play and I intend to write about those later. But here were some of the first cycles of thought I went through after I graded the tests.
Denial - They really did know this, they just didn't test well today.
Anger - Why couldn't they do this! Why didn't they tell me it wasn't making sense?
Bargaining - Maybe if I curve the scores, then it will be ok.
Depression - I'm a terrible teacher and my students will be scientifically illiterate forever.
Acceptance - I'll re-organize and re-teach the unit, with an alternative way to assess their learning.
In a future blog post: the psuedoteaching I did, the pseudostudying the students may have done, and how I plan to move forward.