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Aug 18 2011

Grading Exams

Grading exams is such a reassuring experience. My students took their 2nd unit exam today; it was on graphing linear equation. There were no scores lower than  71%, which I was so happy about. I can’t wait to give tests back and celebrate their success. My 2nd period class did remarkably well. My school went into lockdown today because there was an active shooter in the area, and my students immediately got antsy and were nervous. Thankfully this didn’t reflect in their test scores. After we were off lock down my students were asking me how I could stay so calm. I think I might be at the point where nothing really makes me nervous. It didn’t phase me one bit that we were on lockdown. A year ago that would not have been true… it’s amazing how much I’ve changed.

After school today, one of my students from last year came by to talk to me. She was so excited to tell me how well she’s doing in all her classes, but that she really wanted to have me in class again. :) In 4 weeks, I’m going to have to send my current students onto Algebra 2 with the other math teacher. I think I might cry. I love them SO much. I didn’t think it was possible to get SO attached to a group of students. In the past 4 weeks (we are on 8 week terms), I have seen them each grow so much, not only in math but also as people. I can’t believe we’re at the half way mark and that I’ve taught an entire semester of Algebra 1 in 4 weeks.

One Response

  1. wow. this is brilliant to read.
    a question – is it the actual marking of the papers, which takes your time, or the results the kids give. in Uk it seems they are outsourcing marking in many areas, is that a good thing ? nigel

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