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    Way to go, you're either finished, or can see the end. We have 3 more days before graduation, with a higher number of failing seniors than before. They bought into the myth that the district was going to pass everyone.

    I hope y'all have a great summer, get some relaxation in you deserve it.

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    Private schools don't buy in to "No Child Left Behind," fortunately.

    This is Finals week, but only a few of the students have to take my exam. I exempt students with an A from my Final, and have made the tests sufficiently unpleasant (and comprehensive) that they have nearly mythical status among our students. It's an incentive for students to grit down and put in the hard, daily work to gain and keep an A.
    Students with an A also get their own fountain pen, graciously donated by fellow FP Geeks. I gave away a record number this year, and the "Thank You" notes should be hitting the donators' mailboxes soon.

    Enjoy your break and relax if you can. We start again in 13 Mondays...
    Online arguments are a lot like the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    As soon as the audience begins to participate, any actual content is lost in the resulting chaos and cacophony.
    At that point, all you can do is laugh and enjoy the descent into debasement.

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    Exactly a month to go here in NYC. And yes, a lot of students are failing because theyíve tuned out online lessons. Itís a big headache.

    Iíve worked in public and private institutions. I felt more pressure to move students along & put a smiley face on everything in private schools.

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    Interesting -- since I have no contact with children or the educational establishment. Many years ago I was about to marry into a family of teachers. They always told me the three best things about teaching were June, July and August.

    I always say, teachers are the best people! Good on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stowehazel View Post
    Unfortunately, most students cannot cope with distance learning, so they have to hire a tutor.
    What is your source for this allegation?

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    As a current tertiary undergraduate, I found online learning had some big advantages - mainly with regard to getting your voice heard (via Zoom or whatever), and not having the background noise you normally get in a tutorial that has subgroup discussions. In many ways online learning (it was always live and interactive, as opposed to the material simply being posted online) improved the quality of my engagement both with the subject and with the lecturers. Having said that though, I am usually one of the more active students in any class, possibly because I am a mature student with clear goals and motivation. Dunno.

    Anyhoo, came across this old TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson that I thought the teachers here may enjoy.



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    I personally prefer online learning to going to school. I learn much more easily reading than listening to most teachers, especially those who have the gift of putting you to sleep or worse
    Good teachers are rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    I personally prefer online learning to going to school. I learn much more easily reading than listening to most teachers, especially those who have the gift of putting you to sleep or worse
    Good teachers are rare.
    The Maths teacher I had at one school was fantastic. She actually made mathematics interesting and fun to learn. Then we moved. The Maths teacher at my new school was an arrogant swine who considered student's questions to be a sign of stupidity, and below him to provide an answer beyond, 'It's in the book, Read it!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    I personally prefer online learning to going to school. I learn much more easily reading than listening to most teachers, especially those who have the gift of putting you to sleep or worse
    Good teachers are rare.
    The Maths teacher I had at one school was fantastic. She actually made mathematics interesting and fun to learn. Then we moved. The Maths teacher at my new school was an arrogant swine who considered student's questions to be a sign of stupidity, and below him to provide an answer beyond, 'It's in the book, Read it!'
    Funny enough, we had a math teacher like yours. He had a full class participation method with Algebra. That was my best year at school. After that we had a teacher who ruled with an iron fist who sucked all joy out of math.....

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    My school doesn't follow the rule that nobody should be left behind. I was failing Mathematics. My teacher and the headmaster told me I fix this problem or repeat the year. No in-between. So I had to start learning everything I studied in a year in 2 two weeks. It looked impossible. My parents hot me 數學補習. The teacher was great. He explained everything, so I understood it. I have no idea how, but I got a B on my final test. And I graduated. I don't think I will ever be as proud as then.

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