I’ve mentioned before that I have a few “series” I want to start writing to on this blog periodically. One of the ones I am excited about is “Teaching Controversy.” Especially as a secondary teacher, there are so many things that teachers debate over. Curve tests, or not? Allow re-takes, or not? Provide study guides, or not? This is because as secondary teachers we are in a tough position. Over a four-year period in our classrooms, students are transitioning from being fresh out of middle school to being 18 years old, about to live on their own. It is such an important time where life skills, critical thinking capabilities, and autonomy need to be cultivated if we want our students to be successful after graduation. But how harsh is too harsh? Where do we draw the line? These issues can be tricky, which is why I want to open the door to discuss some of these controversial issues here. I’d LOVE to hear your opinions because I definitely don’t feel like I have the perfect solution!
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Grading and Assessment
Midterm and Final Exam review…this could potentially be one of the worst parts about being a secondary teacher. This pressure is especially amplified if your exam is a state standardized End of Course exam. Your principal is sending you “encouraging” emails but they actually come out more job- and life-threatening.