We are ten weeks into the first semester. Report card grading window opens today, with a week to finalize the important ten week grades. Those grade determine things like athletic eligibility, and are half of the first semester average. In short…it is an important report card.
Explaining what goes into that report card to students is a whole lot like explaining the Inverse Ninja Law to people that don’t concern themselves with the basic business of dealing with Ninjas. The Inverse Ninja Law, by the way, clearly states that Power, or P, is defined as one over N, where N is the number of ninjas. That preserves the ratio that is needed…where one ninja is an unstoppable force, but a small crowd of them are faceless goons that the hero of the story can deal with quite handily.
Ninja follow many rigid rules that make them easy to deal with…not unlike the grading system in my classroom. The fact of the matter is that many of the students have dropped off with doing their work, and this in turn is crippling their grade averages. No matter how insistent I am in class on the subject, many of the students seem to have taken a “wait and see” attitude, which will play out poorly for the report card coming up.
The art, as a result, is very much on point with that as a topic. I have been explaining the impact of various assignments to students for two weeks now, with various graphs and examples. I have plotted out what would happen to various grades, if work were not turned in, in a fairly obvious graph system. Much like our hero…I’m pretty much failing to see what otherwise intelligent young people seem to be missing about this basic point…and am stressed out about what it will do to their grades.
There is a week in which students can act on this, and I will be having individual “grade meetings” with students. Hopefully, that will make the Ninjanomics of the situation clearer, and students will begin to “save themselves.”