Friday, November 3, 2017
Okay with an F
I was back in Mr. M's class. (This is getting to be a habit.) It was Friday, so they had a quiz.
It's a special ed. class, so their quizzes are open book. When they finished, if there was time, the instructional aide corrected their quizzes. If there was time, and if they didn't do so well on the quiz, the aide gave the quizzes back to the students to fix.
(They don't get full credit, however. They only get the full points if they got it right the first time.)
It was first period. The aide handed back a quiz to the first student to finish. And he was not pleased.
You should have seen him. He flailed about. Rolled his eyes. Cried. Threw his head towards his desk. From across the room I could see his performance.
Even more impressive, he did this all silently (as the rest of the class was still working on their quizzes).
Later, I talked to the aide. Apparently he always does this. You'd think he'd be more grateful with the help on getting a better grade.
In a following period (period 4, I think), I was the one correcting quizzes. I gave a boy back a quiz with a bunch of mistakes. I got busy with other things, so I didn't re-collect his quiz until the end of the period. That's when I saw he hadn't touched his quiz.
He got seven wrong. Out of twelve. That's more than half. I don't need a calculator to know that's less than 50% correct, so that's an F. I told him so.
"I'm fine with that grade."
Um, really? Even when I told him he didn't get half right?
It's a middle school thing, I think. I hope.
If you had failed a quiz, and your teacher gave you back your paper with the opportunity to fix your mistakes, would you fix your mistakes? (I know I would!)