This baby has whooping cough, and her mother wants more people to get their vaccines.
They’re a group of kids who feel very entitled to certain privileges because they are the “smart” kids — the “advanced” kids. Some — most — of them have relied on their intelligence to carry them through school, and now it’s biting them in the butt. In addition, I feel that our campus IB coordinator babies them and lets them get away with too much. I know that they’re all very smart and probably could finish assignments at the last minute in their freshman and sophomore pre-AP/IB classes. But that simply doesn’t fly in an IB-level class!
I’m not the strictest teacher out there — that is not my teaching style — but I do expect them to write coherent lab reports and meet deadlines. Well, some of them have failed at both these expectations. The problem, by and large, among the entire group of students is procrastination. Through this entire year, they put off their lab reports until the night before they’re due: I know because I would always get a barrage of questions on Edmodo the night before a due date. And because they put them off until the last second, the reports lack the high quality that I (and IBO) expect out of them, which leads to them not getting high marks. This year, I’ve read lab reports with conclusions that didn’t answer the objective of the lab, calculation errors, invalid interpretations of data, words that were obviously looked up from the thesaurus, paragraphs and sentences that didn’t make grammatical sense… I can go on and on. I could tell that some of them didn’t even understand the concepts behind the labs. And a couple of them turned in labs several weeks after the due date (They have received severe grade deductions of course). One of them didn’t even turn in lab reports!
This being my first year teaching IB, I’m not expecting awesome results. I don’t expect to exceed the world average like my predecessor did. I’m just figuring out how to survive this IB thing on a day-to-day basis. And at the end of it all, I think I’ll have fairly decent results. Still, the lack of drive in some of these students makes me wonder how they made it so far in advanced-level classes.
It takes one to know one.
"Don’t you dare close your eyes."