Grade Changes: Using Marks to Motivate Students
A few years ago, my principal called me into his office and explained that too many students were failing my honors language arts class. I deflected his comments as no fault of my own.
"They're not putting in the effort it takes to master the content," I said. "It's an honors class."
How many teachers have had similar conversations and responded defensively like I did? But I taught the material! The kids aren't trying … don't have the basic skills … didn't meet deadlines … need to learn responsibility.
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