Jessica, last week, working through a classwork assignment:
Mr. Meyer, where does this go in PowerSchool? Because I check and my grade doesn’t change.
Christy, next to her, jumping in:
It doesn’t. I checked. But I’m sure he’d take away points if we didn’t do it.
Which, um, isn’t exactly true.
Perhaps I’ll mention some day before the end of the year that none of the classwork they’ve done all year long has had any direct positive or negative effect on their grade, that the only direct effect of their practice has been on the level of waste material in our recycling bin.
That admission might provoke an interesting conversation about the point of the practice. Or it might provoke riots.
More likely is that I’ll chicken out of that conversation until a student distributes printed copies of this blog post to the entire class. That will be fun.
[BTW: It took five weeks, it turns out, for a student to call me out.]