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Posted on September 26, 2012 1:11 pm
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Matthew Sollers
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First B
It is the end of the marking period, and I just gave my final unit test for the quarter. I passed out progress reports to my students at the end of each period. After school, I had a visit from one of my most engaged students who was crying and very upset. Her current grade is an 89.45%, and she says that she has never before received a B in any class. What is my next step?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2012 3:00 pm

vemybu
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Explain to her the that a B is above average. It is important to work your hardest on every assignment to reach the score you desire. Tell her that as long as she did the best she could, then she should be proud. Sometimes it takes getting a B to make that student work harder next time. I can relate this to a coaching experience. I had a player who started every game but they started to slack. The first time she didn't start she was devestated. Of course, it killed me too, but I stuck to it. The next game she came out playing the best I've ever seen. It's important to give the student the grade they deserve and explain to them how the can reach their goal next time.
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Jenna Herberson
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I agree with this approach and definitely think that you should emphasize on the student receiving the grade they deserve.
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Solution 2
Posted October 2, 2012 3:31 pm

tebyXu
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I would give praise to all her hard work and let her know here B is not the end of the world and if it really bothers her she has a chance to bring her grade up in the future.
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erugyn
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I agree with this solution.
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Solution 3
Posted October 2, 2012 3:11 pm

amaJud
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I would start by calming the student down, no one can comprehend anything when they are hysterical. I would then explain to the student that earning a "B" is not a bad thing at all and she was literally .06 points away from earning an "A". I would go over the exam with the student to see what areas of the exam she misunderstood. I would let her know that she should be sure to study all areas and use the study guide to the fullest.
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Solution 4
Posted October 2, 2012 3:54 pm

BeLyGe
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Someone who is very engaged in class and never wants to let herself down is ideal for a teacher. But at the same time this student needs to understand that a B is wonderful. Suggest that she should help her other classmates out and teach her hardworking skills onto others. Emphasize this grade will not affect her in the long run and it's only a quarter grade. There is always room for improvement and she has the potential to achieve anything she puts her mind too.
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Solution 5
Posted October 16, 2012 12:41 pm

edaPab
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I would try and sit down the student to explain that a "B" is still an awesome grade. Although its not the grade that they wanted its still high and a good grade. Also say soemthing along the lines of how if they want the "A" in the class, she will have to try just a tiny bit harder next time. "A" students get "b's" sometimes too. My sister was a straight "A" student and got her first "B" in gym class. It was hard on her, but it pushed her to pull harder next time around.
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Solution 6
Posted October 4, 2012 5:44 pm

vusyHa
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I would let the students earn an extra point on their grade if they volunteer for three hours with underpriveledged youth, senior citizens or veterns. This would teach community involvement, humility and hard work.
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Solution 7
Posted October 2, 2012 3:20 pm

David Corrigan
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I would try to explain how good of a grade a "B" is. I would explain grade point average to the student and calculate the students GPA for them. I would show her how the one "B" did not hurt the students GPA that much. I would try to explain to the student to stay motivated because each "A" will raise the grade point average and they should always strive to do their best.
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Solution 8
Posted October 2, 2012 3:22 pm

GeJese
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I would try to calm the student down first before trying to talk to her. I would then explain that a B is a still a very good grade, and that it is not the end of the world. I would also tell her that now she just needs to work a little bit harder next time in order to get an A. I would also remind her that there are tutoring and study groups available if she wants to try those.
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Solution 9
Posted December 8, 2012 10:41 pm

Kristine Morris
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the student and i need to go over what happened in the class this marking period, and what we can do to get the grade up to where they want it. What students do not understand is that classes get harder as their education tends to increase. Sometimes they may have to work harder than before and just have to realize it.
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Solution 10
Posted December 9, 2012 7:41 pm

Shankeil Tarver
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Let the student know that a "B" is a very good grade and she has done very well in the class. let her know that a "B" is above average and most students do not receive good grades like she does. Explain to her that she has done very good in the course.
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Solution 11
Posted October 18, 2014 6:16 pm

SaDeTe
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First, I would explain that an 89.45 is not a bad grade and nothing to be ashamed about. At the end of the day, the grading is the teacher's call...but if she is engaged, participates, and puts forth her best effort each day, I would bump that to a 90 since it is so close.
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Solution 12
Posted October 3, 2012 3:10 pm

Kym Toner
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I would explain to the student the process for calculating grades and emphasize the importance of every assignment and test. I would also explain that a 'B' is not bad and certain classes don't always come as easy to some students as it does for others. Hopefully it is the push the student needs to work harder for an 'A' in the future if that is what is really important to them.
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Solution 13
Posted February 22, 2015 8:37 pm

abypaN
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A grade does not reach one grade lower overnight. It is an accumulation of many grades over a long period of time. I think that for a student like this, I would want to teacher her how to keep track of her grades. This will allow her to see when there is a gradual decrease and she can check to see what she is needing to improve on to maintain the average that she has set for herself. Self-monitoring is a great tool and she will have a way to track her own progress and identify her own short-comings.
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Solution 14
Posted October 2, 2015 12:13 pm

zemyRy
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Calming the student down is the first step before you can talk with this students. Remind the student that is only one quarter and if there more quarters that her grade can come up. Providing a grade check list can help this student track her points and grades. Make sure that an extra credit assignment is provided for all students. This student prides herself on her grades and needs reassurance that a B is an above average grade.
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Solution 15
Posted October 2, 2012 10:13 pm

uGamag
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Offer the student an extra credit assignment. The student is .55% from an A. Half of a percent is probably equivalent to missing one question on a quiz or a simple grammatical error on a paper.
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