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I have 15 kids this year who are low in math. We ran before school tutorial sessions from November to February. The kids were invited to attend along with those in other classes. Only four kids were signed up by parents.

Meanwhile, a group of 8 moms complained to the principal that their girls didn't want to have anyone know they had trouble. The moms want the teachers to stay after school to work individually with their daughters for free. The moms feel this is part of the teachers' jobs.

It turns out that the 8 kids have volleyball, swim practice, baseball practice, and lacrosse practice. So now, the moms want the principal to have the teachers come in on weekends to help their kids. This is to avoid having the kids miss their sport team practices.

The moms put sports ahead of academics every time. However, the girls are supposed to receive 3's and 4's on their work. If the teacher gives a 2 because the kid has a 60-79% average, the teacher is "terrible". <...See More
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L We also use the 1, 2, 3, 4 level system with our students. A level 3 is meeting the grade level expectation...and that is determined by the provincial (I'm in Canada) standards. In Grade 4, for example, students should be able to multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. A students who usually gets these correct is a level 3. Students who can tr...See More
Apr 4, 2009
Teach I bought Harry K. Wong's book The First Day of School. In it he says that ongoing assessment is not graded. Adam Waxler and Tom Daly also talk about this. In our district four elementary schools are piloting SBRC. The middle school and high school don't have to have SBRC.

But the pilot schools are not giving a 4. So the attitude of some k...See More
Apr 4, 2009
ny/5 This is just another one of those things in education where, theoretically, it may be a good idea; but because it is explained vaguely, at best, it's interpreted differently by all. Just look at all these posts! Some are transferring 1-4 to A's, B's, C's etc.; some are using percentages and within the percentages the cutoff level of what is mastery...See More
Apr 5, 2009
Head Monkey Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of schools have required their teachers to switch to standards-based without doing the necessary research and inservicing of staff. To be realistic, it took our staff almost 3 years to get our heads around this huge shift in philosophy.

We based our system on the research of Guskey, O'Connor, Davies and ...See More
Apr 5, 2009
Rita I would love to see this all in action. I don't understand it at all. our distict is heading in this direction, but the teachers implementing it now have NO CLUE what to do!!! Obviously they did not do the eseach or inservice training.

On 4/05/09, Head Monkey wrote: > Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of schools have required their &g...See More
Nov 22, 2010

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