--------------------- Forwarded message: Subj: Re: don't fish the scare away Date: 95-07-10 23:46:02 EDT From: DoctorCHEK To: firstname.lastname@example.org
[[[[Secondly, I teach fourth grade. If I had your children in my class and told you that the reason they did not do a calculation correctly was because they were lazy or careless, would you be satisfied that I had done my job?]]]]]
Eileen, I think that I MAY possibly feel you were not doing your job if you told me that my child was consistently lazy or consistently careless. However, if Kendra Starr (my 9 year old) told you that she was careless or thoughtless during the performance of A calculation, then I would simply pass it off as being human.
[[[[However, I frequently see secondary teachers use that 'excuse' for not checking farther with older students. The fact that they are older does not guarantee that they understand]]]]]
I agree with you here....
[[[[[[and I consider it unbelieveably unprofessional that many secondary teachers are willing to put things off as laziness or carelessness, when it is something deeper]]]]
We agree here (when it IS something deeper)....but I do hope you agree with me that quite often a secondary teacher is right on the mark when he/she diagnoses a teen ager's problem as laziness........... I promise you.......some teens are lazy.
[[[[[I am pleasantly surprised to hear that you are not one of these. I have dealt with way too many in the past five years on our district math committee.]]]]]
Harv Becker Woodside High School Woodside, California