Sunday, July 4, 2010

Remedial Science 9 - 2010

It's that time again. I leave my regular classroom to teach summer school. I will once again be teaching Science 9. Here is what I have learned from the past two years:

1.) I always lose about 10-15%

2.) There is almost always a 100% correlation between the kids who drop out or fail and the kids who do not do the first homework assignment!

3.) Kids who talk during instruction are not actually bored - they are cracking under the pressure. They might think they are bored, but when the going gets tough, they mentally shut down, bail out, and look for the escape hatch. By socializing.

I think I will alert my students to watch out for these signs, and to see what they make of it!

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