Thursday, April 27, 2017
Writing Assessment Day
"The senioritis is strong with this group..."
12th graders. It's April. Graduation is eight weeks away.
The district does these writing assessments in every quarter. (Two quarters per semester. Two semesters per year.) They are given article excerpts to read a couple days ahead of time so they can read them and annotate them. Then, they have a period to write an essay for a prompt based off the sources.
I've covered various English classes on writing assessment day. But apparently not seniors.
Every period began with the same discussion:
"Does this count for points?"
"No, it's just for the district."
(I hedged and said it might count. To be honest, I don't know. Some teachers might include it in their grades. But, the students were discussing this amongst themselves.)
So, of course the inevitable happened...
"Then I'm not doing it."
As there was no way I could force them to scribble coherent words on paper, my only recourse was to make note of the conversation and take down names of those blatantly avoiding the writing task.
(In some cases, I didn't have to look very hard...
Seriously, this is what this boy turned in for the task.)
I so hope the teacher made this worth points. I would love to be there when they find that out...
How bad did you get senioritis? Would you have skipped the writing task? How would you discipline the students who did not do the assessment?
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