June 05, 2014

End of School Days 2014

Bones' last final exam is today. It's in English. I've been badgering him about studying when finally he said, "Ma, I got this. I was Romeo, remember?"

His teacher had him play Romeo, reading it in both modern English and Elizabethan. I said to him, "She chose you?" to which he replied, "Please, there was nobody else for her to pick. I can BE Romeo".

So, there you have it.

On a math note, not only did he not have ANY math homework for 18 weeks, his final exam was some crap group project he did with a buddy. He got an 89, securing his solid B in a class in which he learned absolutely NOTHING.

There is no way in hell he passed the End of Course exam required for him to graduate from high school. I'm so irritated.

Then there is Mr. T. T took Honors Pre-Calc this year and went through the class with an A.

His final exam, he studied no less than 10 hours. I walked into the study room the other day and I heard a voice. I peeked in, saw him with his phone on speaker, and quietly shut the door.

I asked him about it later. He was evidently on a telecon. He was teaching the last few lessons to a group of his friends who just never got it.

He said to me, "Hey, I don't mind, it solidifies it all in my head."

Yesterday in school, his math teacher stopped him in the hallway and told him that she ran all of them through the scantron and any of them that came up perfect, she immediately graded first.

He was one of two kids in the entire Junior class that got a 100 on the Pre-Calc math final, both Honors and Regular classes.

And he said he finished it in 28 minutes out of the 90 allotted. He said at some point when he was finished he had a quick question about something she wanted at the top of the page. His buddies said he walked up and they were all thinking, "Yeah, he has a question. He thinks he's so smart."

They were ragging him later.

But when he came back to his desk, wrote something on the top and then turned it back in, one of his buddies, (a girl he is best friends with) whispered to him upon the return to his desk, "I hate you."

Heh. He's ready for Calculus. This could be a fun math year.

Posted by Boudicca at June 5, 2014 09:32 AM
Comments

It is fun when you're working with someone who enjoys it. It's even more fun when someone who hated it does a turn around and starts to appreciate it. That's where we are right now and I'm loving it!

Posted by: PeggyU at June 5, 2014 11:11 AM

Regarding Bones and MATH, you might want to get a copy of "The Joy of X", a collection of NYT op-ed pieces about math.

Found via Freeman Hunt entry dated 11/04/2012 or by googling Wired Steven Storgatz.

It just might be crazy enough to work.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 5, 2014 12:55 PM

Regarding Bones and MATH, you might want to get a copy of "The Joy of X", a collection of NYT op-ed pieces about math.

Found via Freeman Hunt entry dated 11/04/2012 or by googling Wired Steven Strogatz.

It just might be crazy enough to work.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 5, 2014 12:56 PM

I have several sixth graders in my Geometry class at the high school. The first test I gave this year one of the kids comes walking up after eight minutes. I asked him what his question was and he looks at me a bit funny and tells me he is done. I asked if he had checked his answers and he said "Of course".

Everyone is different.

Posted by: Heresolong at June 5, 2014 10:36 PM

Totally different. Some kids just see it. T is one who does. Bones is one who does not.

But Bones is am amazing communicator and T is not.

Everyone brings something else to the table.

Posted by: Bou at June 5, 2014 11:27 PM

Has T ever tried to teach Bones math? Or, would that very concept cause all of the matter in the known universe to converge in a black hole located in southern FL?

Posted by: Web at June 6, 2014 10:02 AM

He has and Bones responds very well to him. Our problem this year was that for 18 weeks... there was literally no homework. Getting him to just review a book is not happening. "But Ma, we don't have homework!"

Posted by: Bou at June 6, 2014 01:46 PM