You can earn a term's work by attending boot camp school for one week. Don't want to work in class during the year? No Big deal.
What is the point of doing any work in class? What hold do teachers have over these kids?
The majority of the struggling students are very nice and they really never had a good math teacher until now. If you consider yourself to be a good teacher, then you should be able to find a way to reach the struggling students.
Students being handed multiplication tables because they are incapable of multiplying two single digit numbers yet they will be expected to pass Algebra this year and Geometry next year.
Students who never took Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 are being placed in Spanish 3. Their transcripts are being altered to make them appear to have passed a proficiency test in grade.
Students are being placed in the second term of Math B so they can attempt a regents in June although they either never took the first part or failed it with a fifty or less.
A senior who insists on taking an extra year of math is put in an honor pre-calculus class intended for juniors because it is the only class with an available seat.
September 19 and kids are still being moved from Algebra to Geometry and back. No one seems to care these kids missed over two weeks of instruction.
Principals who only care about passing everyone along so they can collect their big performance bonuses.
One of my students told me that her resource room teacher is a push-in
teacher in a history class and that she does not have resource in her
I am confused as to how to give her extra time on an
exam. My exam is scheduled for Friday so please advise me as to how to
handle this situation.
"She's so pretty."
"She dresses well."
"She seems so nice."
Ladies and gentlemen:1. I guess you guys don't deserve upper case letters like us ladies do!
Good morning. I would like to let you know that if you are free 4th period, you might get a new class fourth period on Monday, provided you will not have four classes in a row. I should be able to let you know later on today.
“Students who pass the Regents and who have met the state standard in class, and who have met attendance, class work and homework standards should not fail based on the arbitrary and unauthorized department standards. Rather they should pass and move on to a transitional class beyond Math A or Integrated I which prepares them for math B (or Integrated 2)”. [It doesn't matter if the student never passed a test and has a 40 average. As long as a 34% can be gotten on the regents, pass them along. We don't want any child left behind.]
“An alternative would be movement into the next sequence B or integrated 2 class which includes the A or integrated 1 topics not yet mastered, and compensatory support as new topics are taught. (Those students who pass the regents with a higher grade should be placed directly into the next course in the sequence).” [Too bad this is only followed as long as there is room in a class. Right now, kids are being placed anywhere there is an empty seat.]
We must effectively “deal with the high failure rates with proactive intervention and not by programming students into repeater classes which feature the same unsuccessful instructional strategies over and over again.” If we pass students who pass the Regents exam even though they have failing averages (the arbitrary and unauthorized department standards we have been using), we will greatly reduce the high failing rate in the Algebra class and in the Geometry course in June 2009, provided the Regents exam has a generous curve. [No kidding, passing more kids will reduce the failing rate. I bet this was taught in Administrator School.]
Some students who failed MA44 and ME22 in June 2008 were moved into Geometry. They were promoted because they passed the Regents exams. “They will not have extra time to pass Integrated 2 and 3, both of which are required for the Advanced Regents Diploma. Their success in these courses is critical.” Teacher of MG21R and MG21D must monitor your juniors carefully. You are to slow down and make sure the overwhelming majority of your students understand what is going on before moving on to the next topic. Bear in mind that only 30% of the contents will be on the Regents exam. [That's right, pass them if they know less than 30% of the material and help them get an advanced diploma. This is a good way to insure the value of the advanced regents diploma.]
“We must accept this inability of some students to make the right choices for academic success as a given and par of the challenge under which we work. Their inability to learn or parents effectively (ineffectiveness) requires that our classrooms become laboratories for new initiatives and strategies. The large number of students who are behind in meeting diploma requirements in math may be a result of teachers in the department failing to implement the differentiated instructional techniques which have become a part of every other academic department at Lewis, as well as in other similar schools. On the most basic level, we have even opposed varying classroom seating arrangements, a simple initiative which has shown itself to be effective in promoting active engagement and learning.” [Make the right choice and you too can grow up to be a world renowned surgeon.]
There is no need for you to stop by my office and ask me what we could do with students in MG21 or MG 21R who failed the class last year. [translation: I don't have a clue what to do with them either.] I expect you to differentiate instruction and to do the best you can to help them. [translation: I don't care if you do have a class of 34, just figure out a way to pass them. I need my performance bonus.] Please do not give a placement exam in MG21 because we already know that most of them don't know any algebra and they have not learned any geometry. [translation: These kids are so dumb that I really don't have much faith in them to be able to accomplish anything.]
And, this one when I tried The Chancellor's New Clothes.