Just asking students can really tell us a lot…
One of the many missing voices in the debate on zeros is from probably the biggest stakeholder of them all. The students.
I opened up this conversation in my classroom and simply asked three questions. I wrote down the response of the kids in an unedited format. Whatever they said, I wrote down and then waited until the discussion to chime in with my thoughts. So here’s what they said:
Question #1: Why might a teacher choose to give zeros?
The students don’t work.
The student provides no effort.
Teacher doesn’t chase you for the assignment. (To clarify: they were talking about teachers keeping the kids accountable for the work – but they are in Grade 8 so this was their language).
They are mean/strict.
Have high expectations. (Some clarified this by saying they might be too high.)
Want to motivate you to get it done.
Have personal issues…
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