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Lesson Plans


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Robert E. \ (sheffey)
Thu, 09 Oct 1997 17:40:56 -0700

Bunki and all...
I, too, know that feeling of being accused of doing something negative
to a child with not a clue of what they are talking about. It does take
a few days to shake it off. I just moved from teaching high school to
middle school and just had my first parent teacher conference night.
Although it was supposed to last until 7:30, I was there until almost
9:00 trying to make the parents feel good about their kids. But I also
had to explain over and over why their child only got a 93 or 94 and was
even told by one parent that maybe I should be easier on them next time
around (the squeeze...).Perhaps when grading I had trouble deciphering
between my own likes (the objectives to the assignment) and the child's
style. I tried to nicely counter with....I try to look at how well the
student carried out the objectives. But I went home tired and wondering
if it was worth it. If it was up to me, grades would be different but I
work in an imperfect school system, as do we all. How do others of you
deal with grading the students work. What changes should I make as I
adjust to middle school from high school.
On the bright side, it only takes a few wonderful students creating
something really awesome which inspires me, or one of my spanish
students saying in english for the first time, "Hi teacher!" with a
great big grin to make it all worthwhile again.
Teresa Sheffey
El Paso, TX