quinta-feira, 27 de agosto de 2009

Quick Note - Prepare to Travel for 2 weeks

This semester Big 8 will happen between November 15-21 and the WOC between November 22-28.

Will athlete students after a week of puting their body to the limit with long-lasting games and muscular endurance exercises be able to spend a week out of their homes travelling to another place to study ?

In my opinion it will be really hard to athlete students to show effort in WOC after Big 8. Especially in places that they don't have desire to be at like Acre/Amazonas and Minas Gerais.

Post your answer in comments.

Subs - Problems for teachers and students.

When a teacher is absent for any particular reason, a substitute replace the teacher, the problem at Chapel School is that most of the times substitute teachers becomes a problem for the students and for the absent teacher. Chapel provide substitute teachers that is not prepared to handle a class and keep control of the class. Students misbehave and don't respect the substitute because she doesn't have the control of students and doesn't show any sign of authority to the class. Also the absent teacher don't know who is going to sub him or her, therefore the teacher can't explain the substitute class topic and substitute can't provide the necessary information for the class that the absent teacher wanted to, hence it confuses the students and students can't complete the work with efficiency.
In addition, some of the substitute Chapel provided didn't speak english and couldn't have a conversation with foreign students. What students most argue about is that substitue is really unfair, because they ask before class starts to other teachers and Chapel staff who are class clowns, who are the good student, etc and they treat different the students because of the information they were given. For example if the class clown and the A+ student were misbehaving, the substitue will only send the class clown to the office because she was told who were the 'bad guys' as they like to say.
The solution for this case is that Chapel Staff should use Chapel's teachers as subs when another teacher is absent, because students will respect the teacher, the sub and teacher could talk and prepare the class to the students, and the 'sub' already know Chapel style of class and students.

quarta-feira, 19 de agosto de 2009

New Late Policy Rule

In the past Chapel students was arguing about the loads of homeworks and projects teachers were assigning them, specially IB students. Student's main argument was that they couldn't manage their time due to sports, afterschool programs, and weekend activities. Also, the late policy rule at Chapel was that if a student didn't turn in the homework or project on time the student will get a 0 for the homewrok assigned and their grades would be harmed. Because of so many problems caused by this rule and students and parents complaining to the administration, Chapel's staff decided to change this rule so students could improve their learning. The new rule was necessary because now students have more time to complete a homework with more effiency and time.

The new rule is:

When a student fails to complete an assignment on time the teacher will record a zero in the work habit category of the graded book, this grade can't be changed. The teacher will notify the administration of the zero recorded in a student's grade book. The student will be assigned a study session to complete the late homework for a full credit in other categories of the grade book. According to Ms. Feitosa '' Although the new rule gives more work for teachers, students have a opportunity to recuperate the late homework and improve their grades''.
However, if a student's name appears in the study session list many times, a conference with principal and parents will be necesary and the students will be on academic probation.

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