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RE: "is this good enough?"


From: Rebecca Stone-Danahy (RebeccaStoneDanahy_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Nov 19 2002 - 05:52:21 PST

Sounds like you need to adopt a rubrics for grading and an evaluation
for each project. Then, there is no questioning why a grade is what it


Becky in NC


-----Original Message-----
From: gail kizis []
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 10:52 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: re:"is this good enough?"


evening all,

monday, 7:45 am, assistant principal's office

student(crying), mom(crying), asst. principal-dazed,

    and me(fuming)

student says the reason she has a 66 in my fibers class is because in
her words, "she told us not to ask questions so I didn't. I turned
everything in and I just can't understand why I am failing."

What I said was "when you ask 'is this good enough, miss?' good enough
is meeting the minimum requirements which is a 70."

Assistant principal does get onto the student (a little) about speaking
up and asking questions again and asks me if I could keep a closer eye
on little "___" because she is too timid to come to me for help. Mom
insinuates that I "have it out for her precious." Well I didn't before
today but, it sure will color how I see her in my class from now on.

I am SO frustrated with the idea that a kid deserves an "A" just for
"trying hard." No one gives me a good grade for my good intentions and
letting kids continue to get away with it is a disservice to the
child.This year's freshmen are the biggest bunch of babies I have ever
seen and their mommies are even worse. This is the 2nd mom of a kid from
the same class who made a scene in the counselor's office because her
child was failing. Both kids sat next to each other.

Sorry for the long moan. I guess I need to know if I am being too tough.

thanks for reading and hope everyone has a great tuesday,

nancy gail in texas