Not So Sure What To Say On This One
Before I have a chance to ask her what's up, POY comes in on his new random homework checks, ("respect your homework, love your march to proficiency, or... go to lunch detention") and as I'm grabbing my homework clipboard he says "What'd the hell you do to B.?"
Uh, educated her as best I could? Provided high expectations and Saturday instruction to ensure she met them? I don't know. He's kidding, but tells me that the mother apparently told the office she was removing her from our school because she was tired of her daughter receiving F's in reading class.
[Warning: boring classroom organizational system discussion]
Now I have two groups of kids for three periods a day: ELD, Language Arts, and Reading. I used to average everything together, and all those reading F's dragged grades down, but they did not stand out. Kids don't really see how their B- used to be an A+, and so missed how their absurd lack of effort in at-home reading was hurting them. Now I separate everything out. Your grade in ELD and L.A. is a composite of everything we do -- homework, classwork, projects, quizzes, test, essays, etc.] Your reading grade is performance on reading logs and the Accelerated Reader program -- percentage of point goal attained, and percentage of questions answered correctly.
[End: boring classroom organizational system discussion]
Like a good number of kids, B. has earned two Bs (in ELD/ L.A.) and one F (in Reading) each of the last two quarters. I've structured grades this way to highlight the importance of reading to parents, especially in the absence of effort by otherwise high performing kids. Apparently it worked, because the public reason given for B.'s withdrawal is her two F's in my class.
Is this transfer a punishment for low performance?
Is it a reinforcement of low expectations and the unwillingness to face problems head on?
Or something else entirely?