Observation: The teacher observes that students are dissatisfied with grades on essays. After listening to the student concerns, the teacher recognizes that self-reflection is in order.
Hypothesis: Teacher believes that current grading system is in line with preparing students for English 101 at the colllege level.
Prediction: Teacher will find that current grading system is actually below English 101 level.
Experiment: Teacher provides four Pre-College (grade 12) essays to a university professor for grading. The assignment sheet is also provided. The university professor is asked to score the essays as if each essay was the first essay turned in for English 101.
Results: After one essay, the prediction has come true. The teacher, who graded Essay Sample 1 as a B, received the sample back with a grade of F.
Three essay samples remain to be tested.