I teach AP U.S. History and am at a crossroads for grading exams.
In the past I’ve graded tests two ways.
- On a curve to reflect how the CollegeBoard curves multiple choice questions.
- No curve but I’ve allowed students to make up missed test questions (write down the correct answer, page number from book, and justification of the correct answer on a separate sheet of paper) for 1/2 credit.
I lean toward no curve and allowing for test corrections. Is this too much of a crutch though? I’m more concerned with them learning the information in the long run. Other suggestions?
This just may be my final year in the classroom… I am so unhappy.
I’m starting to feel like a nag with my homeroom class. It’s a group of 8th graders who I truly love, but they’re 8th graders! Some of the more recent and less desirable behaviors they’ve exhibited include:
- Non-compliance (completing homework, paying attention to classmates, etc.)
- Typical 13 year old nonsense
It’s all par for the course really, but I’m needing a little love and inspiration from the #Education community. Do you have key words or phrases that help re-direct student behavior/address misbehavior/emphasize positive behavior?
I experienced another first in teaching yesterday. A 6th grade student, C, told me he was having the best day ever. He spent all his money (and then some he found on the floor) on blue slushies at lunch. He consumed not one, not two, but five! He poured each slushie into his camel back and consumed every drop within 20 minutes.
Over the course of a half an hour his sugar high faded into an intense stomach ache, which then transformed into blue slushie puke all over my classroom. So yeah, that happened.
I assigned my sophomores homework last week. Their task was to write a historical narrative about life in the English colonies. Here are two of my favorite (i.e. ridiculous) excerpts:
"… It was rather easy finding a man considering there are a hella lot of men in the New World."
"After dinner, we crawled into our uncomfortable bed with thin sheets and huddled together to try and stay warm. What we didn’t know was that this lifestyle would be the end of us. About a month later, we all contracted smallpox and dropped dead not much later. THE END"