The first 25% of the 2016/2017 Academic Year is now in the books! Hard to believe – but, it’s true. This past Friday, 14-October-2016 marked the end of the first 9-week grading quarter of the year.
Here’s a recap of how the grades broke out for my various classes:
Computer Science I (1B)
This quarter ended with an introduction into iterations, which is one of the more challenging concepts for students to comprehend. As such, the grades fluctuated a little bit at the end of the grading cycle.
The only 2 failures were due to poor performance on the unit tests and not taking advantage of the opportunity to submit corrections to bring the grades higher.
Principles of Technology (2A)
The quarter ended with an introduction to Conservation of Energy and Momentum. The only two failures in the class were not a direct result of poor performance on a test, but due to lack of participating on projects.
The only 2 failing students elected to not participate on various major projects during the first quarter (e.g. air skimmer, water bottle rocket, etc…).
Robotics & Automation (3A)
Unlike the previous two classes, all students in this class passed all objectives for the quarter. Any low-grades were once again due to students not submitting work and not due to lack of understanding.
Business Information Management I (2B)
While the graph shows 1 student failing this class during this period, that grade was adjusted up to passing as it was within the 69.0 to 69.9 range. I personally do not let students sit on a “9”. I always override and round up the 69, 79, and 89.
As such, like the 3A Robotics and Automation class, this class had no failures!
Business Information Management I (3B)
Like the BIM class before it, this class had no failures! However, this class genuinely had zero failures and also held the highest average of all of my BIM classes! Way to go BIM 3B!
Business Information Management I (4A)
Like the BIM class before it, this class also genuinely had zero failures and came in a close second for the highest average of my BIM classes! Good work BIM 4A!
Business Information Management I (4B)
Like the BIM class before it, this class also genuinely had zero failures. However, this class had the highest number of low-C’s of any of the BIM classes. I am going to need to watch this class closely as there were far too many students who were too close to falling below the cut-off for my comfort.
What Will Be Changing
As we enter the 2nd Quarter of the year a few things will be changing in all of my classes.
- Seating chart will be established for Computer Science I to cut down on incidents of students disrupting class and interfering with learning.
- Seating chart will be established for Principles of Technology to address incidents of student disruptions.
- Seating chart will be established for Business Information Management (4B) to address student interactions that are preventing work from being completed in a timely manner.
- Students who fail to complete an assignment will be immediately assigned to come in for lunch/advisory on that day if in 1st or 2nd periods and on the next day if in 3rd or 4th periods.
- Students will not be allowed to take “breaks” on the computers when working. They will be allowed to listen to music, but video games will be blocked until complete and proper work is submitted.
- Campus late policy will be implemented as written. Work will no longer be taken after 5 days from assigned date except in rare and extreme cases.