Here's an indication that it really isn't just the teacher's fault when students fail:
Total Number of Students on my Roster: 84
Total Number of F's Two Weeks Before the Quarter Ends: 48
Total Number of Parents Who Signed Up for a Conference: 12
Total Number of Parents Who Actually Showed Up: 8
Total Number of F's for Students Whose Parents Showed Up: 4
And let me get ahead of those who will blame me for all of the F's. I accept late work; I don't give homework; my students have said to me, "Mr., don't worry; it's not you--we are just lazy," and recently, "Mr., our parents don't care; when have any of our parents met with you?"
My Units This Quarter:
Sophomores--College Prep Track
1. Business Writing Unit: develop a business or product; describe the product/business; write a letter of request; write a resume; write a thank-you letter.
2. Opinion Editorials: students could choose topics or use class generated topics.
3. Grammar: yes, it's boring. But, my data evaluation showed that 3 out of 45 could name more than 3 of the 8 Parts of Speech.
Seniors--Non-College Prep Track
1. Choice between How Full is Your Bucket? and Please Send Money!
2. Opinion Editorials: students were allowed to write on any topic, plus they were asked to formulate an opinion about the Cambridge report regarding our school's need for improvement.
3. Emerson's Self-Reliance
Freshmen--Non-College Prep Track
1. Grammar: very slowly and very painfully teaching them how to construct accurate sentences.