Monthly Archives: December 2011

Why do we fail so many students?

This will be one of my shortest posts yet.  It is New Year’s Eve, and I plan to spend the remaining 2 hours until the New Year with my family, and away from my MacBook. However, I feel compelled to … Continue reading

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Grappling with Grading: Part 2 – Grading Scales and Distributions

In Part 1 of this series, I worked through how I established my rating scale and associated grade scale using the Algebra 1 CST performance level cut score percentages as a benchmark.  I ended by revealing the resultant, preliminary end … Continue reading

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Trial by Fire: A Mismatch in Expectations for AP Calculus

Earlier this semester, my first as a credentialed teacher, I ran headfirst into a buzz saw that nearly ripped me into pieces.  I naïvely thought that my AP Calculus AB students were ready, willing, and able to take on the … Continue reading

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