08 February 2011

Test correction afternoon

How to fail a test with dignity
(And yep, this would be my answer
on a math test.  hahahaha)
My seniors had their first BIG test last week. For several of them, the grades weren't that great, so I offered to let anyone who had 130/200 (65%) or less come in this afternoon to make corrections for half credit. Some of them have never had a test that covered SO much material, and none of them really knew what to expect in terms of HOW my tests are made out (even though I explain that there will always be multiple choice, usually matching, sometimes true/false, and ALWAYS a written section that MUST be answered in complete sentences.)

I had a few who asked if they could come in at a different time because of jobs, and being the nice person that I am, I agreed.  True, I could have told them they had to make arrangements with their bosses to either be late or to change their schedule, but I'm just not that kind of person.  I had three come in this morning during my planning, and two more are coming in tomorrow and Thursday.  This afternoon...TWO.  TWO students showed up!  No one else bothered.  So now my "dilemma" is do I allow those who didn't see me about coming at a different time to just show up whenever it's convenient for them?  I think not.  If it was not important enough to see me to make other plans, their grades apparently don't matter that much.  GRRRRR!!!  I do understand that they are teenagers and they have lives, but come on! 

What really makes me want to scream is that some of the very ones who NEED to be here right now will be the ones who are begging for me to give them "just 2 points" at the end of the semester.  What they don't realize is that "just 2 points" in the overall average is WAY more than "just 2 points."  Oh well!  I can only do so much.  Progress reports go out tomorrow.  Maybe that will help some of them see the light. 

The two who stayed are gone, so I think I'm going to pack up and head home myself, and I cannot worry about anyone who consciously refuses to accept my offers of extra help.  They will be expecting this same offer every time, but I don't make it every time.  I feel like the first test is an exception because it is the FIRST test.

Oh, I am STILL enjoying my Kindle immensely, but I would REALLY love to know who sent it.  John asked me again last night where it came from.  I think he thought I ordered it and was just telling him it was a mystery gift.  I told him I swore on all that I love and hold dear that I did NOT know where it came from.  :)

Have a GREAT day!



Love it. I hate it when you provide a chance for kids and they don't take it and then complain about their grades.

Trooper Thorn said...

Unfortunately, you can't make kids care about their own education. On the positive side, they will blame you for their poor performance, so you have that going for you.

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