I planned on giving my algebra kids a test on Friday but, as I started to hand it out, I realized that most did not have a prayer of passing. I asked them if they preferred to do it as practice and I would give them a real test on Tuesday. Most enthusiastically jumped at the chance and veraciously attacked the exam, asking questions, working non stop. I believe this little activity will improve grades.
So, why will I be in trouble? Mr. AP believes that kids in a four term class should not be getting grades higher than a 70 or a 75 and I might have a few 80's and 90's in the class. Now, I could give a more difficult test to insure the grades will be grades he can approve of or I can give the exam I want and take my lumps. I've just written the exam. Trouble should be my new name.