March 19th, 2007


Now, If He Can Just SUSTAIN...

Today, I spent the first ten minutes of one class reading the riot act to a young man who wondered why he got an F last quarter when he'd spent three weeks doing one test correction, retook the exam and got a 38%... I suggested my high school classes might go on the same academic regime as the junior high -- ACADEMIC DETENTIONS for no/low production or low/no quality, all part of NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, even if that is their fondest desire...

I carefully explained the expectations, and outlined the minimum requirements. I got the test corrections (typed, as his hand writing is illegible), looked them over and okayed him taking the test. He wanted to go for it at once, so I gave him the first page. He finished, and took the second, finishing just after the bell, asking for and receiving a pass to the next class. I got to look over page one while he worked on page 2, so I could tell him he was doing well, with a perfect first page and only one error on the second.

After school, when he'd gotten 77% on the test corrections, (skipped one, left three errors, and did the hard part perfectly...) he'd earned 94% on the full test. I took it down to show the principal. I've been saying all year the kid was deliberately shooting himself in the foot. What he passed today was the same work he spent three weeks on last quarter, failing each part of everything repeatedly.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

C's Letter A LA MOM, B.., Kibitzed by L..... And maybe CR... Maybe all she did was furnish the address. I would hate to spread blame where it was not deserved.

After reading the forward below, I laughed so hard I had tears coming out of my eyes! DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, sent that!
Hope you got to write some today.

Yes, I wrote some today, a 75 question test that I have to give tomorrow. After about 50, I am not very proud of my questions...

Oh, not what you meant???

Dear C,

I'm told you have a good sense of humor. YOU WILL NEED ONE, as you've fallen into the clutches of my well-meaning family of happily married females. Among them, they've concocted the following for ME to send... YIKES!

C's e-mail. (removed for privacy) That is correct.
> Hello,
> I am... (names removed for privacy) ____'s neice. I hear we both enjoy teaching.--therefore I am interested in technque you use etc--- knowing we have simerlar (some) situations.------

It reminds me of that old elementary school joke. "I'd like to take you home to mother. She deserves a good laugh." So, I had one, which I needed after finishing the second unit test for tomorrow.

Please note: Since I am an English teacher, I know how to punctuate correctly. What with being computer literate, I understand how to use a spell check, and do so regularly. But, my MOM is over 80. I told her I would NOT correct or grade her emails, I just wanted the joy of hearing from her.

But, oh, do I ever laugh in private at some of the creations...