Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Eighth grade math. They were doing test corrections. That is, they were going through their tests and reworking the problems they got wrong. This was a mostly voluntary exercise as if they chose not to do it, the teacher wasn't going to force them. It could only improve their grade.

Several of the students were familiar to me from the vacant English class at the beginning of the year. (I will probably say this a lot this school year.)

Dylan was one of the lesser difficult students. I had bigger problems than him, but he totally took advantage of the situation and played rather than worked. So, when he informed me that he has a D in the English class, I wasn't surprised.

Their grades are online, and they can access them at any time. While I was covering the English class, I warned the students that while I was not inputting their assignments (I didn't have access as a sub), their work did still count. I warned them that they'd go from having zero assignments and no grade to having five assignments in a blink.

Dylan showed me the breakdown for his grade. He was missing several assignments, including two that I had assigned...

"I told you those were going to count," I said.

And, really, at this point it's probably too late to turn those assignments in.

Sigh. I did warn them. And, really, it was kind of nice to be able to say I told you so.


  1. Maybe one day he will listen. Still early enough in the semester that he could bring the D up if he worked at it.


  2. Yeah, he's going to have to learn for himself to pay attention.

  3. Alas, I fear that might be my son's future. I'm hoping not, though. But getting him to pay attention and do what he's supposed to seems to be a difficult task.

    1. You're aware of the problem. That's good. That means that you can start teaching him good habits now. (They probably won't take for a couple years...)

  4. Sometimes the lessons learned in school are not the ones intended - but also valuable.

  5. I hope Dylan learns something from this. Sooner rather than later!

  6. Hopeful he will learn to listen.
    Coffee is on

  7. Dylan sounds like my son. He'll never learn. But he'll have to face the consequences of failure.

  8. Funny how they seem to always know better.


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