Sunday, March 20, 2011

Inside Four Walls: So much for that glimmer

A couple of days ago I posted about my Algebra B class and how they scored really well on the 1st semester benchmark. I was starting to feel like maybe they had turned the corner and maybe had a chance.

While I won't say they are done, I will share a story from Friday. On Thursday, I assigned 6 review rational equation problems...not a typo, 6 problems. I even gave them 15 minutes in class to get started on them. These are a little harder than the normal ones because they all became quadratic equations. But I figured, "hey they have only 6 and I am giving them 15 minutes to get started, they should get this done pretty quickly." Wishful thinking, maybe I was still on cloud 9 because of the benchmarks.

On Friday when I collected it, only 8 people turned it in. 8 out of 28! Seriously, how do you not do 6 problems? Especially when you are given 15 minutes in class to start it? I ended up emailing the parents of the students who didn't turn it in. This was at 9:30 in the morning. When I left around 2:45, only 1 parent had responded.

How can anyone justify tying my pay to students that refuse to work? I don't understand how no one seems to understand that you can't force someone to do something. Hey but there is a silver lining, when most of the class isn't advanced or proficient then people will be able to judge me and say I'm a bad teacher. I love education.


Ricochet said...

I gave a test back for them to recover. They could earn 60% of what they missed.

Less than half did it.

I retaught another section because the grades were horrid. At least 2 just drew pics. Less than half attached the study guide although I asked for it on 3 separate days and it was worth 10 points.

Mr. W said...

yeah I don't get it. I just wish a politician could see this is what we deal with. Maybe then they would re-think this whole merit pay thing.