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Grades are in...

I can't believe that I've almost made it through my first year teaching! In one of the stupider scheduling moves for a school district, our grades are due today but we have two more days of school. Our students ask us, "Why should we come when our grades are already turned in?" They have a point. The only answer is that the school will lose money if students don't attend class, but that understandably doesn't hold much weight for the students. Setting up themselves to lose money sounds like a poor management decision.

What it means for me is that my grades are done. Here are the stats:

Number of StudentsLetter Grade
32F
16D
22C
9B
1A

Believe it or not, I'm actually happy about the progress my students have made. "Only" 60% of my students have D's or F's, which is much better than the 80% I had the first time I filled out report cards at the beginning of the school year.

After one year, I can honestly say that I'm starting to be a GOOD teacher. If that's really true, these numbers should give you an idea of the current state of our educational system. It certainly did a lot to open my eyes up to the specific issues. The next step: try to solve them.

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