Re: What do mean I won't get an "A"
- I teach 8th grade art, and it is a required quarter-long class. I
told my kids at the beginning of the school year that yes, it is easy
to get an "a" in my class- all you have to do is meet the requirements
and do the work! I let them know I don't assign homework often, so
it's very easy to do the work.
I also have the students fill out a self-assesment, and warned them at
the beginning of the year that what they give themselves isn't what I
may give them- also there is an area for effort (did they work the
whole time in class, did they challenge themselves), and surprisingly
the students do know when they haven't been working hard and mark
themselves down for it. I haven't taught enough to know if that makes
their behavior change, but it is nice to know that these students are
conscious of their behavior.
Jessica in MN
--- In email@example.com, Act Silly 4 Art
>who have chosen to take Art as an elective because they thought that
> Okay, I have to vent because every year I get one or two students
it was an easy A. Arrghhh, it just gets me so mad when students come
up to me and ask why I didn't give them an A. My reply is always the
same, I don't give you any grade... you earn it. If you get an A in
my class then you earned that A, if you get a C or lower in my class
then you earned that grade. I don't randomly give out grades based on
whether or not I like you. Grades are determined by the grading scale
that I set and that you have seen so if you want to know why you
earned that grade then you need to go back and look at the grades you
earned for the quarter. The student will honestly stand there and
look at me like I'm speaking a foreign language or tell me that
they've never see my grading scale (which is posted on EdLine for them
and their parents to access). It truly frustrates me. Sometimes, I
out right ask them... why
> are you taking art? And the answer is always the same, I thoughtit would be easy. What made you think art was easy, is what I ask
next. I don't know, it just looks so easy and fun. Art is Fun, yes,
but it is work also and many of my new art students have gotten a rude
awakening this week when they saw their report card. I know next
quarter they will work harder but it is that first quarter when new
art students just can't fathom why they didn't get that easy A, that
throws me in a hissy fit.
> cat in honolulu
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