When they make a bad grade on something you know they know....

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Registered: 10-08-2004
When they make a bad grade on something you know they know....
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Sun, 09-11-2011 - 7:44pm

What do you do?

Nathaniel got a 65 on a math test that was on things he totally understood, we had done the homework together.

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Registered: 08-31-2009

I use good ol' guilt!




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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2004
LOL I wish. Guilt does not work on Nathaniel, he is not out to please anyone but himself.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2009

Then he needs to learn self-respect.




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Registered: 01-05-2005

I know it's upsetting, but honestly, I wouldn't worry that much. I have volunteered weekly in math for years now and this is SO common. Last year, one of my dss had a teacher who-if you finished the test before time was up-would put an x next to any problem that was wrong and you could fix it (again, if you had time). I actually asked her to stop doing that (only for my son) because it felt like it promoted laziness.

Can you enlist the teacher? I asked the teacher last year, instead of showing him his mistakes, to remind him "go back and double check your answers," "have you shown your work?" and "where's the scrap paper?" She would occasionally ask kids to staple it on just to show.

At home, we make them show their homework written out- they're both great at math, but that can actually be a problem when they do things in their head! This year, ds11's prealgebra teacher told them that on tests each problem is worth 4points but they can get up to 3 points just by showing the correct process and all their work, even if the answer is wrong. So, I think teachers can really help kids get in that habit.

I will say that with my girls (now in college-one hated math and one was very gifted at math) they both made stupid mistakes in grade school. That really did correct itself as they got older. They might have comprehension issues or not get a problem or forget a formula, but the careless, stupid mistakes were something they tended to outgrow (and we only had to say "show your work' and "double-check your answers" about two million times... so far....

Theresa

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Registered: 10-08-2004
I talked w/ his teacher on Thursday about things like this. I told her that what I had done last year w/ his 4th grade teacher was...if he got a bad grade b/c of carelessness or b/c he didn't finish it then the grade stands but he should correct/finish the assignment and she could send it home for that. We did that until he got the hint and things got better. I really want his 5th grade teacher to do this too, I am hoping she will.
I had teachers that asked for scratch paper to be turned in too, that's a great idea. I think I will bring that up to his teacher as well.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
working on that. Nathaniel has always had very low self esteem when it comes to his school work, he is so fragile when it comes to that. I think it has alot to do with how much he has struggled b/c of his dyslexia. Its like he just can't let go of that long enough to see how much he has learned and how much he has improved.

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Registered: 05-28-2000
We've had similar issues here. I't frustrating.
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