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Re: Dumbing down is driving me NUTS!

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Aaron and Jennifer (THEGREEN99)
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 17:17:06 -0400


>Y'all, I confess I'm just about ready to quit this job. I have never
been so >frustrated over anything in my life as I am about having to dumb
down (it >seems like) everything I do because the kids in my school aren't
up to >grade level.

My kids are not at grade level. I completely understand where you
are coming from there. However, don't lower your expectations. People
naturally work harder to reach the "bar" so to speak. Once they reach the
bar, there is no need to work any more. It is very frustrating. I have had
to teach ninth graders how to use a ruler - one side is standard, the other
metric, etc., etc. Maybe working in expected skills into a regular lesson
may reduce some stress. For instance, I had kids make and measure a grid for
photorealism. I showed them how to use a ruler, but not lower my
expectations of quality of work.

>Supposedly there is a law that says I have to do all this dumbing down.
>Joe Kid can have a conference with his parent and the special ed >teacher
and they decide that every grade has to be curved for Joe, to >whatever
degree such that, for example, if he makes an 80 I have to call it >an A.
This is not fair to the other kids, much less to Joe, who could do >the work
if somebody would insist that he do it instead of playing around >all the
time.

Is this a special ed rule? I am not aware of anything of the such,
curving grades for students. You don't learn anything from games you have
won; you learn from games you have lost. (Sports analogy) Failure is the
greatest teacher. Granted there are studenst where special applications
apply. For instance, if a student does not have fine motor skills, giving
the student a low grade because the work looks lowsy is not kosher- in my
opinion. On the flip side, the student should not receive stellar reviews if
the work is not up to the student's potential...

Jennifer in Michigan