I just finished grading today’s test for the seniors. Today’s portion was on word problems. Overall, 4th period did OK. The mean was 71.3% and the median was 83.3%. 8th period on the other hand: mean 65.0%, median 67.9% . There were still many reading problems. However, I’m relatively sure I never told them the volume of a rectangular solid could be found by 1/2(base)(height), yet I saw it more than once on the test today.
When talking with coworkers about these classes today, this was the advice I was given:
— If half of them understand half of what you’re teaching, it’s time to move on.
— Yeah, that’s about typical for “these” kids.
I’m not sure I can live with myself if I adopt these attitudes. Actually, I know I can’t. Yet I’m not sure how not to get completely depressed in the meantime.
I’m hoping the second half of the test will be better tomorrow. Seems I’m working on some of the same issues with my high school students as Robert is with his college freshmen.
In looking at the glass as half-full, at least
this didn’t happen to me today.
update: “this” link no longer working – post was deleted by author, understandable considering what she’s going through.