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Topic: Chapter 4--Everybody Counts
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Steve Means

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: Chapter 4--Everybody Counts
Posted: Mar 26, 1995 11:12 PM
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I sure agree, Mark, that with many, perhaps most, high school students
and parents it is tough to avoid a focus (paralyzing) on grades and
GPAs. It is possible to get beyond this.

My experience is that by supplying the students with positive projects,
exciting work, and granting them all manner of praise, certificates,
public events, recognition, letters and postcards home and sometimes even
some paid employment, tutoring, assisting at extra course I teach,
positions at conferences, work with vendors and so on ... that by
offering the students something in additon to grades that the students
learn to desire more than just grades.

If the option is nothing concrete, then why opt!

from Steven S. Means
Math and Technology Teacher at Sammamish High School

On Sat, 25 Mar 1995, Mark Priniski wrote:

> >2. Comment on the following statement: "Teachers teach only what is
> >in the textbook...

> Far be it from me to condemn anyone for using a textbook. I've seen much
> discussion about throwing out the book, but with teaching 7 hours per day,
> six different classes, I hardly have the time to develope inspired classes
> every day. :{

> >...and students learn only what will be on the test."
> >

> High school students seem to have one goal... get good grades. No matter
> how hard I try to down-play grades, the need for that B or A is always
> there. So... What's realy important to you? If we claim that thinking
> skills are important, or the team approach, or discussion of mathematics,
> but then give the student a traditional test, the student will know what is
> *realy* important. I don't mind students just learning what is on the
> test, as long as what is on the test is really important to me.

> >Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225
> >

> Mark Priniski Pioneering Partner '93
> Rib Lake High School
> Rib Lake, WI 54470

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