Thanks for the reply. While passing on failing students makes the grades
mean less-they have no reason to care about grades-keeping them back
presents a whole other set of problems.
I am currently working out a system of spot checks for sketchbooks, but I'm
have a hard time with it. If I checked them in class I'd have to take time
away from teaching and one-on-one help. Of course I could take them home,
but since I meet each class only once per week (and I work off a cart)
they would be without sketchbooks for a whole week. Hate to do that. Your
suggestions are good, and some version of them will end up happening.
By the way, what's your name and where are you from?
Keep being positive! Thanks again,
Mark Alexander, 1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
47 Main Street
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031
"The object of education is to
prepare the young to
throughout their lives."
At 9:44 PM 2/24/98, KChamb28 wrote:
>Our system had the policy of not passing in middle school on,, it didn't work.
>We ended up with a group of almost 16 year olds still in middle school,
>causing a lot of disruption and ending up being passed on in a block. What
>did it accomplish besides giving the teacher a lot of discipline problems and
>eventually 18 year old sophmore dropouts?
>On your sketchbooks.. have you tried having the students pass them in
>periodically, to be merely checked off for progress and just some encouraging
>comments? The positve always seems to work better for me than the punisment.