M6A1_Vocabulary - The Math Teacher A Short Story Fresh out...

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The Math Teacher, A Short Story Fresh out of certification and sleepless with eagerness to meet her first crop, Miss Stockstill was one hundred percent sure that all of her new students would be able to master their math curriculums this year. Besides being a believer in mastery learning, she had spent the last month obsessing over lesson plans for each topic on her syllabi, and created detailed rubrics so that her students would know exactly the criteria they needed to earn 100% on each assignment. A story-teller at heart, she was eager to share with her middle school students about how different it was back when she was their age; How lucky they were not to be pressured by the norm-referenced tests that allowed only 10% of students to earn As and over-emphasized percentile rank of each student relative to each other. Their sole performance assessment, or opportunity to earn a grade based on their performance with what they had learned, was through these norm-referenced grading systems. She had felt like nothing more than a statistic! At the end of each grueling semester her parents had not asked her what she had learned nor mastered nor about any projects she had done, instead demanding to see where her percentage scored ranked on the normal curve distribution of scores for the entire school. Their curiosity sometimes included the degree to which her score deviated from the average student, or the standard deviation, but that was it.
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