On Monday, I gave my 4th graders an end-of-the-year assessment. Unfortunately, I did not leave enough time for all of them to finish so I will allow some time this coming Monday for the rest of the group to complete the exam. I have no doubt that part of the reason that we had such a robust conversation about the 1o Commandments last Monday was because the kids knew that the more they talked, the more they were eating into the time that I had planned for the exam! I remember what it was like to be a kid and to try to get your teacher off-track! 🙂
Anyway, 7 of the 14 kids completed the exam and, of those, there are 3 A’s; 1B; 1C, 1D, and 1F. In other words, 6 or 7 so far have passed (cup half full!). The one F is not a disaster and it certainly will not result in this student being “held back.” In fact, I’ve seen a lot of progress in this student this year, especially in the area of behavior and participation. I plan on telling this student that I’ve noticed this growth and that I am confident that if it continues, the future is bright. Of the 7 remaining, their work so far looks pretty good. I think we’re looking at a majority of A’s, B’s, and C’s and no D’s or F’s in that group.
I’ll know more by next Tuesday. How are things going for you as we come down the home stretch of this catechetical year?