Today students formed literacy circles and selected books. They then worked together to set and record goals on their course calendars. Finally, the groups began reading their books. Most made considerable progress and seemed to have a good time.
I showed students their nine-weeks test grades today. After I curved the tests scores, the average score was a C (79). After the curve, the highest score was a 93; the lowest score was a 58.
I know that many students are concerned because they did not score an A on the nine-weeks tests. Please remember that this is an Honors course, and that Honors courses are more challenging than courses offered in middle school. Grades in Honors courses are weighted, so a B in my class carries the same weight as an A when your GPA is calculated.
Lots of students made A’s for the nine-weeks, which is wonderful, but students who made B’s and C’s should not beat themselves up. Give yourself some credit! If you tried your best but you still made a B or C for the nine-weeks, you should not feel bad. You need to be realistic…because a B or C in an Honors course is not a bad grade by any means.