After you’ve taught school for a while, you get to where you know what to expect from different types of students. I’m not saying that some college students don’t make dramatic improvements – they do, especially in math courses. A light bulb will come on and suddenly, they “get it.”
Actually, it’s a fun thing to see…
However, when you have a good student who suddenly makes a huge turn for the worse, you know something is going on. Recently, I had an experience where I did think something was going awfully wrong.
After grading all of students’ tests, I went back through and noticed where one of my best students had failed this particular test and she failed it miserably. Whereas, this lady normally almost always gets close to all of the answers correct, she had missed about half of the questions on this test I had just graded.
It puzzled me.
I returned the graded tests at the end of class as the students were leaving the classroom. This particular lady who had surprisingly failed this test came back in crying. Crying students generally do not affect me. I’ve taught at the college level for 20 years, I can handle crying and “ruining your 4.0 grade point average.”
I don’t want anyone to cry and I don’t want to ruin anyone’s GPA, but “YOU GET WHAT YOU GET.”
This lady was different; she had never done poorly on any type of assignment, so I listened to her. She had left about half of the questions blank – didn’t bother to answer them at all.
The first thing out of her mouth was, “The answers were there, they disappeared.” Of course I responded with a “What do you mean?”
I took her graded test over to the window in the sunlight and could indeed see the “impressions” of her work on this math test. I had to tilt the paper back and forth, but I could see the answers in the sunlight.
She missed one and got her normal “A.”
How did it happen?
She showed me the pen; it was some sort of erasable pen. In the shuffling and grading of papers I guess the erasable pen work got erased. It was very interesting, because the answers were missing on the top half of every page.
There was no doubt she did the work and I was happy to consider the “invisible” answers. I did tell her that she needed to use a normal pencil in the future and I’m pretty sure she will.
Men are different than women when it comes to purging their closets, wardrobes, etc. At least I am different. I am much more likely to keep an old t-shirt or a beat-up pair of blue jeans that have holes everywhere. It is usually because they either feel better than new stuff or have good memories.
You know how clothes have “memories.” You remember buying that t-shirt on vacation or how you got that hole in the backside of those jeans. Other things like sweatshirts just feel good, particularly worn out cotton sweatshirts. My preference is gray.
I have a favorite old sweatshirt that I have had for many years, it has NASA logo on it and many folks have worn it. But it is mine.
I am doubtful that I will ever see my sweatshirt again. It disappeared on my oldest daughter’s body as she went to airport to travel back to Nashville, Tennessee to work for the summer.
This is one time that I was happy to let my prized possession go. If wearing my perfectly broken-in gray sweatshirt that felt so good on a cool night (it was like I was being hugged) means half as much to my daughter as it meant to me; I will be happy.
Really I will be happy, you don’t have to bring it back…
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