Hi, just a quick heads up that I am finally finished with updating all the homework and classwork assignments that were given to me at the last minute…Quarter 2 is now officially closed in terms of those activities. I still have to input the Writing Mid Year Assessment score as well as the Math Midterm; I graded about 90% of the Math midterms thus far and I was extremely pleased to see that most students appeared to know what was going on, what we’ve been covering in class, and ultimately were able to transfer what they’ve learned onto their assessments without much loss in credit.
Labeling answers is still an issue for a handful of students, so is staring at one particular problem for too long which is against the advice that I consistently offer to all my students, and as a result, you ever even get to see the rest of the Test which included one step, no-work problems that were so easy that you left all those points out there for me to take away rather than you earning them! Please, please, please- when I give you test-taking strategies, I expect ALL STUDENTS to follow what I am saying because these kinds of mistakes cannot happen again. For example, I asked you to complete problems #1-49 and then another 8 on top of that….one student spent 2 hours going through problems 1-20 and NEVER SAW THE REST OF THE TEST ONCE, never saw that many of the easier problems were towards the middle and back of the assessment.
Either way that’s just a small anecdote. For the majority of 5S students, they fared extremely well on the problems assigned for the Test, and most importantly, students once again took my advice and completed the remaining problems for extra credit.
The reason I haven’t posted a score yet for the midterm is A) I want to review the material with my class first so they can see where they went wrong, and B) I’m not sure how many points I’ll deduct per problem and how much value will be put on the extra credit questions. Mr. Carr made a long Test which ultimately ended up being a great idea because it allowed the students that finished earlier (2 hours was more than enough to complete 58 problem, especially when a large portion could have been completed with mental math. I also took points off if you did not label your word problems properly, by faro our weakest area that we can most definitely improve on.
As a final point, I’m extremely proud of 5S for stepping up and not complaining once about this assessment. I know that there will be something different going on in 5C and that’s their business, but in terms of OUR CLASS, where OUR FOCUS SHOULD BE, you should all give yourselves a pat on the back because I’m proud of how well you all did and how you did not run away from the challenge, you took it upon yourselves to show Mr. Carr and I that you’re ready to move on, that you know more than you’ve lead us to believe 🙂
There will be no retakes and there will be no corrections to make up for extra credit, that’s what the extra problems were for. While some grades will certainly drop in Math, Reading, and Writing, the new averages are a better reflection of where your child truly is scoring simply because I place a strong emphasis on class and homework. Now that we have more assessments to draw from, I believe firmly that you’ll have a more accurate gauge of where your child is in terms of their strengths and weaknesses as we progress through Quarters 3 and 4. Remember, sometimes even though it hurts to let happen, we need them to fail/struggle through their work from time to time because it teaches them that not everything in life is simple, that mom and dad won’t always be there for help if you need it, and that ultimately your responsibilities for school fall upon your shoulders.
My post earlier in the day outlines m my updated grading stance for Quarters 3 and 4 so I encourage you to take a look at that as well.
Anyway, I just wanted to reach out and let you know that the Math midterms so far appear to be done very well and I look forward to putting final grades on them asap.