What she wore: Black cashmere turtleneck, olive green pants, black snow boots.
Well, we were desperately hoping for a snow day today. It rained, it sleeted, it even snowed, but that stuff would not stick. So, we had a day of looking out the window and hoping for something else. Today I’ll comment on a little incident that happened this afternoon.
Our kids all failed the quiz on adding and subtracting negative numbers. This is not going to fly, so I’ve been calling people up during electives, tutoring them on the concepts, and letting them re-take the quiz. Today I had three boys come in and while I was doing my bit they seemed a little distracted. Then they turned in perfect papers with no work on them. Obviously they had cheated. Our A+ students didn’t get a perfect score, so I know they were up to something. I just refused to grade the paper until I saw some work: no guessing allowed. One of them shrugged his shoulders and got to work using the method I had taught him. The other one spent thirty minutes scribbling bizarre, incorrect things on his paper in an attempt to make it look like he’d done the work–I still wouldn’t grade it.
The funny thing is this: the one that spent almost an hour (in total) trying to trick me was completely indignant when he left. Some people can work themselves up into complete fits when they know they’ve cheated, lied, etc. In fact, the more extreme the reaction, the more likely it is the person is completely wrong.
Just a little piece of human observation from someone in the trenches. When I have kids, they won’t stand a chance 🙂