In response to Jonas’ question … we should definitely include both. However, should they be included in the same number? I think it is better to report them separately. We have the grade that shows how much a student know about x, and then over here we report how much effort and work went into that. Doing it this way is more informative for the…[Read more]
At the high school level there is not a lot of students who need remediation. For the ones who do I like to use differentiated instruction when I can. e.g. changed homework load, #number of problems) In my math classes I give classworks at the end of nearly every class. They have problems on them from that day, if someone needs more help I can do…[Read more]
Usually they have to come to me and get it during a study hall. They might also have to do it over their lunch break. Another option is to come early one morning. This aids the complications they need to work through to get a retest.
In response to Travis’ last question… it is absolutely fair/honest to only take into account the students retake. This last test defines how much the student knows. Suppose you got a new job. You wouldn’t want your pay to be set based on your performance the first day. As you get more proficient your pays goes up. Same thing for grades. Another…[Read more]
Students should definitely be allowed to redo tests. Drivers test, FAA pilots certification, mechanics licences, bar exams, MCAT (medical school entrance exam), PRAXIS (US teacher certification exam), and CPA exams are all allowed to be redone for full credit. Our goal should be for the student to become proficient in whatever area they are…[Read more]
I know they haven’t switched 6th or 7th to the saxon math. I think the only reason they are still keeping it is because most of their 8th graders are going to use the curriculum in high school. For my personal view I believe that for some students it is a benefit and for others not. This generalizes to all spiral vs mastery curriculums.
The school that I used to teach at switched from Abeka to Saxon Course 3 (8th grade). The students had a pretty rough time adjusting to the new layout. I did not teach either of them that year. The next year I taught both the 7th grade Abeka and the 8th grade Saxon, most of the class struggled but that was with everything, not just the math.…[Read more]
Our elementary teachers have a similar policy of missing break, however I am not a big fan of this. Research is clear that students perform better when they have a break from their studies. In Jr. and Sr. High our policy is 3 incomplete in a quarter earns you a one hour detention. It seem to work well for the older students.
I my classroom there is virtually no extra credit. The biggest reason, it distorts grades. If a student is proficient in 80% of the material being tested then they should get an 80%. If they can do anything (other than become more proficient at the material) for extra credit, your are artificially inflating their grades. As Jonas mentioned it is…[Read more]
Officers and Duties of Officers
1. The School Committee shall consist of brethren from Mid-Atlantic Mennonite Fellowship churches. Included in the School Committee shall be two ministerial advisers taken from the Mid-Atlantic Fellowship. The school board shall give general supervision of the school and be responsible…[Read more]
I am trying to read books on education at the rate of one per week. Listening to The Dock also helps. Very invigorating.
I usually try to add some extra pizzazz to my teacher over February into the beginning of March. A class project or two and some extra curricular things. Random stories or some type of competition.
Sometimes I will check over there math paper and mark the ones that are incorrect. I also try to create a culture where students don’t admit they are finished with their homework. I keep a stack of fun but hard math/logic puzzles around that they must work on when all their homework is done. The alternative to doing this is looking at my…[Read more]
One thing I want to do this year is spend a class period talking about how
the students thought the class went this year. Also I would like to spend a whole period discussing
how the year went in general. I will probably have questionnaires for them to think about and complete for homework before we dive into the discussion. I also have…[Read more]
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