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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Grading Students!!!!!

For the first time since i've been teaching, I had 15 students to receive a grade of failing on their progress report. When I assessed the material to see if there had been an error on my part or if there was any extra credit that I could offer the students to help improve their grades. I discovered that the students had either decided not to do the work or that they just don't come to class. We have a big problems with students skipping class. I decided that the best thing that I could do for them was to allow them to see the grades that they had earned. I received an e-mail from my department chair stating that the whole department had a high failure rate and that we did not want to fail the students because it would make them not want to take our classes in the future. I was said that CTAE classes were electives and not required so, we need to make learning fun.


Dwayne said...


Luckily, our school handles skipping very well. The burden is not on the teacher, but on the administration. It makes things less stressful for us. They do have ways for students to make the time up if they truly care about their grades. I think sometimes we are left breaking the stigma of what a true career and technology class ought to be. I imagine you are like me and are passionate about what you teach. I want my students to have fun. I want them to enjoy the class, but like I tell them from day one, I am not here to babysit you, I am here to teach you a trade. I can't explain why some career and technology teachers choose to make it a fluff class, but to me that is on their hands. That's not what we were hired to do.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Tameka - Dwayne's comment is right on the money. I also think you were right to show your students their grades, as they should always know where they stand gradewise. Now comes the hard part and that is convincing them to do what needs to be done to pass. Calling parents, before and after school sessions, extra projects . . . use all these strategies and more. The key is to find something that they find interesting, or at least compelling, that will focus their behavior for the rest of the year. You have your work cut out for you, but take the challenge and make them work for their passing grade - do not just pass them!