Have you found yourself getting easier?

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  1. tchr4vr

    tchr4vr Companion

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    So, I'm in the process of digitizing some old files--stuff that I've had for year (15+) that is still good, but because it was in a file folder or a binder, I just forget I have it. As I'm looking back over some of this material, I've realized how much more I used to expect of my students. My projects and tests were so much more in depth not even five years ago. For example, five years ago, I had a short essay on a Macbeth test. Now, if I put short answers on the test, even with my best and brightest, many of them skip those or write two words--they would never even attempt an essay. And while I will put some of the blame on myself (I changed the assignments), I also realized that, based on the work I am getting now, that if I gave my current classes some of these assignments--they would be an abject failure. Is this just happening to me, as I've changed schools and students, or is this endemic of school in general?
     
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  3. txbelle

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    Is it maybe that you don't have as much time to go into more depth with the content like you used to and that's why the assignments got changed?
     
  4. TrademarkTer

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    I've done the opposite. My first couple of years, I'm not going to lie, I cared more about the kids liking me. I gave easier tests and more good grades. Now I'm more confident in my abilitites, and have no issues truly testing theirs.
     
  5. ssgirl11

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    I agree with TrademarkTer. I felt I was WAY too easy last year, which was my first year. My goal this year is to make my class more challenging.

    I don't blame you, though based on the work you have been getting back. I would give out a test with short answers, and some kids wouldn't even bother to write in their answer. It's incredibly frustrating!
     

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