ok so that other thread spurred me to start a new post, but on a similar topic. I'm under the mentality that I DO NOT give out grades, the students earn them. Now...that doesn't mean I say "read the book, do the problems, take the test, and there's your grade". I give instruction, try to offer it in different ways, constantly check for understanding, and make it known I'm available before school, after school, or come talk to me if that schedule doesn't work for you. I ALWAYS encourage questions, because I'm one of those people that will not learn unless I ask a million questions. But if the kid sits through my class and makes NO effort to let me know they don't understand and they haven't sought my guidance then what? Did they earn their grade? I guess I'm trying to understand where the balance is between me instructing and bending over backwards to offer help and where they need to step up, take responsibility, and face the music. Additionally, (gosh I write such long boring posts) when can you say a teacher has failed the student (not literally, but figuratively)?