Sunday, December 14, 2008
Why Students Need Math Classes
So they'll understand why they aren't passing their English classes.
They can't do math: it's the only explanation I have.
I have two students who haven't turned in MAJOR work. Both have failed to turn in papers worth 20% and 25%. Student Y is also missing a paper worth 15%; Student Z did a paper worth 15% so incorrectly -- as in the assignment was to analyze a personal situation and he instead reworked his first paper -- that I really question his ability to read instructions. They also both didn't turn in a recent assignment worth 5%.
I assumed that they had each figured out that they weren't passing and were walking away from the class as another student has clearly done.
However, now I see that both Student Y and Student Z have gone out of their way to submit a final assignment worth 5% of their final grade.
Do they think I'll have mercy on them and their approximate 35% averages since they turned in this last thing?
Or is it not a math problem at all, but simply that they're unable to read the writing on the wall?