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Old 10-11-2011, 04:45 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Seems to be the war cry of the Fall Quarter. Have you all heard students say this before?

My reply:

"If you took the prerequisites for this course, you are responsible for knowing the content of those courses. If you didn't take the prerequisites, you're in the wrong class."

Then I hear some whining along the lines of:

"But I had **** last year and (s)he didn't teach anything."

To which I say:

"And now you know the price you pay for being in an 'easy' teacher's class. You could have transferred last year. But now you're here and we're moving on."
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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My reply:

"If you took the prerequisites for this course, you are responsible for knowing the content of those courses. If you didn't take the prerequisites, you're in the wrong class."

Then I hear some whining along the lines of:

"But I had **** last year and (s)he didn't teach anything."

To which I say:

"And now you know the price you pay for being in an 'easy' teacher's class. You could have transferred last year. But now you're here and we're moving on."
I'm waiting. This year, I've really lightened up my review. I can't afford 6 weeks reviewing what my students should know before setting foot in my room. You should see the looks I get when I just apply something they should already know. I get asked "When did YOU teach us that?" to which I reply, you learned it in so and so's class... and move on. Last year I spent six weeks on review and all I eneded up doing was giving a lot of A's for first quarter. This year, I'm telling my students that they need to do the review if they don't remember the material and teaching content I own.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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I'm waiting. This year, I've really lightened up my review. I can't afford 6 weeks reviewing what my students should know before setting foot in my room. You should see the looks I get when I just apply something they should already know. I get asked "When did YOU teach us that?" to which I reply, you learned it in so and so's class... and move on. Last year I spent six weeks on review and all I eneded up doing was giving a lot of A's for first quarter. This year, I'm telling my students that they need to do the review if they don't remember the material and teaching content I own.
And if they mention this (most likely in the form of complaints) to their friends in so-and-so's class, maybe those students will pay attention and actually learn the material.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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And if they mention this (most likely in the form of complaints) to their friends in so-and-so's class, maybe those students will pay attention and actually learn the material.


Or, more likely, they'll tell their parents who will go to the Principal with complaints she's being "unreasonable" in her demands. Which the Principal, if he's of the new breed of ball less wonders, will agree with and put her under corrective observation and supervision.

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Old 10-11-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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My reply:

"If you took the prerequisites for this course, you are responsible for knowing the content of those courses. If you didn't take the prerequisites, you're in the wrong class."

Then I hear some whining along the lines of:

"But I had **** last year and (s)he didn't teach anything."

To which I say:

"And now you know the price you pay for being in an 'easy' teacher's class. You could have transferred last year. But now you're here and we're moving on."
My Chicago inner city high school placed kids into geometry even if they failed Algebra I. They *assumed* the kids would go to summer school *and* pass Algebra I in summer school. Of course, they mostly did not do this, so we had lots of kids who never passed the prerequisite course. Math, being sequential and building on skills meant they then failed Geometry too.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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Or, more likely, they'll tell their parents who will go to the Principal with complaints she's being "unreasonable" in her demands. Which the Principal, if he's of the new breed of ball less wonders, will agree with and put her under corrective observation and supervision.
I did get told to teach to the bottom of the class last year...
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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Or, more likely, they'll tell their parents who will go to the Principal with complaints she's being "unreasonable" in her demands. Which the Principal, if he's of the new breed of ball less wonders, will agree with and put her under corrective observation and supervision.
Sounds familiar.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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Our daughters have attended schools in 4 different states over the past 6 years. For the most part, they melded into the new school system without much of a problem. The biggest problem area I saw was in the social studies subject as some of the states taught more of a ___ state's history class. It made it very difficult to pass a final exam on this state's history if you were not in the class from the beginning of the school year (we moved twice in the middle of the school year).

In regards to students not realizing how important it is to actually "learn" the material, I still remember my French teacher in high school telling us that it was not her job to "learn" us, but rather to "teach" us. It was up to us to do the rest, and our work in the class would demonstrate that.
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