The new year…

…begins Monday.

The good: Paycheck on Friday. Paperwork’s ready to go, plans are laid out. The new room is bigger than the old one. More windows. More sunlight. It’s as decorated as it’s going to be all year and the flags are back up. The admins probably won’t stop by because I’m now on the far end of campus.

The bad: I’m now on the far end of campus. The walk to my room gets longer and longer with each room change. No closet, no shelves, no storage areas that haven’t been chewed up by rats and neglected by occupants past. Parts of the room haven’t been cleaned in years. The only secure storage space is in the next room over. Light switches are outside the room. Half the ceiling lights are out. Have to leave the building to find a water fountain or restroom. The northeast corner of the room seems to be slipping into a sinkhole, and God help whoever gets assigned to sit there because they’ll be the first ones to fall in. Grade recovery is available to any D or F student who wants it, regardless of attendance, performance, or behavior, and we now have a federally mandated lunchtime tutoring and intervention program.

Here goes!

9 comments

  1. Can you explain why with increasing levels of seniority and consistently high AP pass rates among your students that your room assignment gets progressively worse?

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  2. What percentage of those students receiving a D (or F) attempt ‘Grade recovery’, and of those what percentage are successful?

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  3. Doc:

    Short version, no nuance: either the district or the state mandated the creation of a freshman-only wing. My building was the best candidate. Seniority had nothing to do with it. Pass rates also had nothing to do with it (and while I consistently have the highest, they aren’t necessarily consistently high).

    V&T:

    I can’t speak for the whole school, but of my students who are eligible for grade recovery, under half attempt it. Of those who do, I’d say less than one out of five are successful. It’s generally a waste of time, and it’s an insult to the students who get it right the first time around.

    In our district’s grade recovery program, a D or F in the previous grading period can be brought up to a C. That can raise your final grade for the whole course by a letter grade. But a student doesn’t have the same opportunity to bring a B or C up to an A. So the poor performers have a second chance to gain ground on the strong performers, but not vice versa. It may not seem like a big deal until it’s time to apply for scholarships or grants that depend on GPAs and class rankings.

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  4. Is there a minimum grade average for an F to be eligible for grade recovery? In our district it is an average of 50.

    So your desk with be in the opposite far corner? And student seating will be determined by attention/effort/performance? Talk about incentive….

    Count your blessings. You have students and a classroom and you love to teach. Hope you have a great year!!

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  5. There’s no minimum requirement. We used to require evidence of a “good faith effort” during the quarter before permitting grade recovery, and your attendance had to be good enough. Now, anybody can attempt it who asks. Worse, for many courses the grade recovery is online, so I’m not sure how much control the classroom teachers have over the online program, if any.

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  6. I always got A’s or B’s in school and I always thought to myself, ‘Too bad I can’t raise my “B”to an “A.”‘
    Most of the kids with D’s and F’s did NOT try. The ones who attempt grade recovery usually only do so because a parent is forcing them to. They didn’t make a “D”or “F” from lack of ability to understand, its lack of MOTIVATION. (Most of the time)
    Personally, I don’t think Paxon should keep those kids around, much less give them yet another opportunity to raise their grade.
    If they want to offer that, let them, but let them do it for ALL STUDENTS. Then my “B’s” could’ve been “A’s”.
    And my 4.045 could’ve been a 4.4.

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  7. PSASGrad is 100% correct! Call us elitists, but those students have no place at Paxon. Their idiocy and lack of motivation undermines the work of their peers and their teachers. If you have issues with the FCAT reading or math … go to your neighborhood school! What business does a student struggling with the epitome of low standards have at a school for “advanced studies”? As the county, state, and school itself continue to lower expectations and standards my diploma loses value.

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