On the bright side, sophomore year 's homework wasn 't as vigorous as senior year. I have found myself not caring too much about my grades this year and missing more school than I ever could have imagined. Although I have faced these struggles, I made better use of my planner when I did miss school. I only used my planner for my senior English class, because it was the class with the most work. Each week, we would take a day to write down our weekly schedule, so even when I missed two weeks of school, I knew what work I missed the day I got back.
This was the lever in my mind that this could help close the achievement gap. However this new initiative also brings uncertainty and apprehension for many teachers. When I began my first year as principal at Jean Parker in 2012-13 academic year, I realized that change might be challenging for many in not only adopting a new set of standards but also shifting their way of teaching. Many of the teaching staff relied heavily on the curricular resources such as Houghton and Mifflin and in many ways it was thought of as “the” curriculum. Jean Parker School often went unnoticed because it always had decent API scores, in the mid 800’s.
Quarter Writing Evaluation This first quarter has not been easy. I have added an additional level four to my schedule and on top of that trying to mange other things outside of school, such as dance, homework, and family time. Espically since for me English doesn't come easy. In grade school it was my weakness and it was challenging to me. So in eighth grade when my english teacher said I could try to get into level four english, and I got in, I was extremely surprised.
It was important that I go to a good university or I won’t be able to get a good job when I graduated. Even though, I didn’t rank as high as I was in middle school, I was doing well enough on my exams; my counselor and teachers told me that I might be able to go to any universities of my choosing. I was very relieved and satisfied with myself; this was my life goal after all. The life of a high schooler was much harder and more completed than a middle schooler. I had to study every day to keep up with the amount of materials that were given out in class—they were much deeper and complicated.
I thought that this was going to stop me from going on to middle school and highschool because it was getting harder and harder for me everytime. Once I entered high school i didn 't really struggle that much i started to notice that the help I was getting in 4th Grade all the way to 6th grade really did help. I felt like I was starting to not have a fixed mindset that much because once I reached my senior year I started to do better on my essays and I started to study more. My teacher senior year was very helpful and he gave me at of feedback to improve my writing and on ways to not have so much trouble with my
I had great grades in high school, I volunteered many times; both inside and outside of school, I always helped around in my school administration whenever help was needed, and I always dedicated a month of my summer just to help my school give out the school books to students and sell the school uniforms. Doing all those things and being rejected made me feel like I was nothing; like what I did in my school life was all a waste. After taking all of those things into consideration, I still got rejected because of my SAT scores; which is why I genuinely believe that colleges should admit students using criteria other than their SAT scores. “The world might improve if we deliberately and systematically selected students not only for their knowledge and analytical skills, but also for their creative and practical skills – and their wisdom.” (Sternberg, 2010). This quote is something that I truly and deeply
My mentality was that school consumed more then half of my waking hours and I wasn’t going to let it take anymore then that. So my assignments were partially completed, from the day before, and handed in unfinished. I knew that my parents and teachers would raise hell itself when I did this but my mind wouldn’t waiver on this. Since I had been able to get through all of grade school without homework why should I have any now? Great reasoning for a 5th grader, but this thinking contained a few flaws.
This has caused me to stress over papers I could not find in order to turn in and that affected my grades. In my first year of high school it was very difficult to stay organized but I was able to complete the year organized. It wasn’t till the second half of my sophomore year that I started to lose the structure in my school work. Having good organization is not just having your supplies organized it having yourself together. Being organized will make you feel prepared for your classes and you feel like you have everything in
Before my years in high school, I rarely put time and effort into studying and constantly associated with my friends at school; that is until I entered high school. The different competitive atmosphere at high school caused me to suddenly prioritize my studies ahead of everything else and my ambition became greater than ever. I began to interact less with my old friends and become less sociable with those around me. My parents also began to notice this drastic change and encouraged me to once in a while contact my old friends. During the beginning, I contacted my friends about two or three times a week, but the phone calls began to gradually diminish.
As different times were announced the less fortunate students began to complain, and the more fortunate ones realized that their once equal peers, were now placed in an unequal situation. Since most of the students do not experience great amounts of inequality, the unequal time distribution shocked them. Fortunately for myself, I have grown up in an upper-middle class family. Although my parents have always tried to educate me on inequality, I never experienced much of it. During a class exercise I was placed in a group, and was given six minutes to complete my quiz.