A majority of ninth period is failing right now. Like 17 out of 24 majority. Monday we made posters about our First Amendment rights that were basically writing down your freedom and coming up with a visual representation of it. One of the comments was, “If we’d make posters all of the time, I’d be passing.” I don’t really like the overly simple assignments for my juniors in high school because it’s not preparing them for anything. We do a lot of reading and critical thinking about those readings. That is a legitimately marketable skill, however, when we hit difficult things in ninth period, a majority of students are just not doing it right now, which makes for those failures.
We’ve given standardized tests for the past two days for four hours of the day. They’re untimed and have no bearing on the students’ grades. You can imagine how little the students and even the faculty cared about these tests. On the whole, the end result was losing an hour of instructional time with each class as we head toward the end of the year. Not something we could really afford.
The softball team, without our starting pitcher, overcame adversity for the first time all year on Monday night. We were down 11-5 in the fourth, but managed to stage a comeback and win 18-15. The girls were very excited, except for our stoic “fourth” pitcher who threw the last four innings even though she hadn’t pitched in a game before.