I am caught up on grading the STEM Fair assignments that have been turned in to this point. Not that this is a good thing, even though it could be looked at as one. I have more than half of my students who are missing ALL that they should have handed in for this assignment. Right now it’s not a lot of points, but if they keep this up….the consequences will just add up until it gets to be too overwhelming for them to make up.
I really wish that we could skip STEM Fair all together. The kids don’t like it, it causes major headaches for me as a teacher, and it strains relationships between parents, teachers, and students until it is over. If there were some way to allow or get the students to complete it over the summer so they could turn in their assignment during the first week of school, THAT would be so great. Of course there would have to be supervision involved and the staff would need to be paid, but it would be neat.
Grades for progress reports are due in by Tuesday. I will start them tomorrow evening so that I’ll have them done by Monday night. This Sunday football doesn’t matter to me much since my team isn’t playing. (The Cleveland Browns for those of you who are curious. I was born not far from there and my maternal grandparents lived so close to the stadium we could hear the crowd noise with the windows open.) But I digress. I should be able to get everything in pretty easy starting tomorrow evening.
I am checking in assignments that are due to me tomorrow, and allowing my students to hand in work that is over-due so that they don’t fall too far behind and hurt their grade too much. I know it sounds like I’m a softy, but I have found out that when I do this I am covered if a parent complains. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that I need to keep my rear covered in all things STEM Fair.
Well all, it’s late and I’m getting sleepy. Take care and be safe.