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Posted on March 13, 2015 2:07 am
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tubyzy
tubyzy
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Pushing on-level students into honors classes
Larry has been in your honors class all semester and has struggled on formative and summative assessments, especially when it comes to writing. At the beginning of the semester, you spoke with the counselor about your concerns and she shares that Larry's parents waived him into the class and that his standardized test scores showed that he had barely met standards the previous year. You have been in touch with his parents all semester but registration is coming around and they want to know if you are planning to recommend him for honors again next year. What is the best way to handle this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 13, 2015 6:17 pm

Jennifer Dowdy
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I would meet with the parents and show them the data from Larry's assessments. I would explain to them that he has struggled all semester with the rigor of the honors class. I would tell them about the expectations for the next honors class. Tell them that you want what is best for Larry and from his work in your class, you think it would be best for him to take a regular class next year. If they still insist on him taking honors, talk to them about tutoring or any other resources that might be helpful to their son's success.
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neHaGy
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This is an great solution! i will definitely use this in my classroom.
  Posted on: October 2, 2015 6:58 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 13, 2015 2:59 am

QejyHu
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We have had this happen not only with Honors classes but also with Advanced Placement classes. We have had to tell parents that students are not ready for the work and they are doing more harm to their child's GPA which leads to scholarship opportunities and college enrollment chances as well as causing possible academic burn out at an earlier level. We always suggest showing parents and students real data and tests to make them know what is required throughout the year. I would recommend the student be put in a regular class and aim to do well in it and if successful this year then shoot for Honors the following year if they want to do that. That way you are not eliminating their opportunity of Honors all together just postponing it until the student can show academic success.
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meXyHy
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This would be the most appropriate way to handle this situation.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 10:01 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 15, 2015 2:54 pm

Katrina Hammonds
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You could give Larry assessments, performance task, and other activities that are on-level, then have a parent teacher conference to show Larry's parents the difference in the quality of his performance with assessments and task that are on-level, compared to those that are honors level assessments and tasks.
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neHaGy
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This is an great solution! i will definitely use this in my classroom.
  Posted on: October 2, 2015 6:58 pm

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