Month: June 2012

I Wish I was Exaggerating

For my students’ final exam, my students are writing a five paragraph, prompt-based, argumentative essay. The students knew before hand what they were going to be asked ( I know, I’m too nice) and could have easily studied by writing the essay at home as practice. Because of all the IEP, LEP, [insert acroynm here] rules, the students are give five hours to complete one exam.

I’ll wait while you clean up the coffee you just spit at your screen.

That’s right, ¬†five effing hours to write five paragraphs.

Yesterday, I had a student who spent three hours writing the exam. I thought it was a bit excessive. Even with all that time, no one in my first group wrote an A paper. They used the 1st and 2nd point of view, had a ridiculous amount of rhetorical questions, AND didn’t use textual evidence which has literally been the focus of all my lessons for the past nine weeks.

Today, I had a student finish in four and half hours. I thought the students were going to kill him. If they had lasers for eyes, he would have exploded.

Still, this essay wasn’t an A essay either.

I don’t know where I’m going wrong.

On the bright side, I have 1 more exam to administer, 1 to proctor, and 2 work days. I also accepted a section to adjunct in the fall AND was told I’d be teaching honors next year. All in all, GREAT day.

Oh and I lost four pounds. Word.