- Some questions frequently asked by houseowners : please tell me high school will be better than middle school?
♥ i just graduated from 8th grade. barely. over the year, i failed every class at least 2 quarters, and scraped a d or c once or twice per class.my overall average was an f in every class except speech & debate (i don't count gym as a class, btw). i wasn't allowed to attend my graduation ceremony because of it. now, i wouldn't complain if i didn't understand the material, if i felt as though i hadn't learned what i needed to know. but the thing is, i do. i understand everything the teachers say. in my entire middle school career, there had been one instance in which i didn't get an a on a test, and that was when i got a b+. all my fellow classmates turn to me for help with the subject. i learned so much this year. i feel like it was an extremely productive year for me. all the subject matter was new, and every bit was fascinating, and as of now i feel like i know so much more than i did the first day of school. i really loved all my classes. except maybe math. math is my bad subject, but i still scored much higher on the final exam than my friend, who has a 4.0 gpa. i was the one person selected out of my entire language arts class to go see a play because my essays were so good. my problem is homework. homework is very heavily weighted in the grade. binder and notebook checks are literally about 60% of your grade, and occasional loose worksheet makes up even more. i. hate. notebook. checks. with. a. burning. passion. it wouldn't be as much of a problem if all the worksheets were turned in when they were due. but the problem is that my teachers all want us to keep hold of all the worksheets until the unit's over, then turn them in all at once. i have massive organization issues. i've bought folders, binders, dividers, everything. i've tried not even taking things out of my school bag until i need them. i've set alarms to remind me of things, i haven't thrown away a single paper all year. but they all manage to get lost. everything. i just absentmindedly take things out and forget to put them away. i have adhd, so i can never seem to stay in school-mode. i'll be organizing my papers one moment, and then my mind will wander away to debate, or that essay i need to write, or the historical event that we discussed that day. what i want to know is, will it be better in high school? i will be taking an extra class to work on organization, so hopefully that will help with the homework. but are the grades weighted more towards tests? in middle school, tests hardly counted for anything. maybe 30% of the grade, if that. it's not fair. i'm not expecting a 4.0, not with adhd. i just want c's. that's it. that's all i'm asking for. will it get better?am i suitable for taking ib?
♥ i am in 9th grade, which is still middle school where i live and we're choosing courses. course selection sheets are due in 2 weeks and i am still unsure of what to take, regular or ib. i'd say i am one of the best students in my class, regarding academics. i am not the type of student who would constantly ask "is this going to be on the test?" just to study specifically for it, i ask out of curiousity and for future knowledge. i am an avid reader, so my vocabulary is advanced and i am really knowledgeable. i have sort of a talent with vocabulary, spelling and word parts, i only need to look at a word or meaning once to know it (no photographic memory, though!) and i am currently studying for my sat. i think school is so easy right now, i am not challenged at all in all subjects. projects are passed in early and i sometimes do extra worksheets in class when i am done my work. i love to learn, i always feel i need to know more and more. i am fairly organized. strongest subjects are science and english, where i need to critically think. i am good at math, but i admit i am sometimes slow at solving problems, but i always finish my homework in class and i almost never have math homework. my average is 95% and i am working harder this term so i am aiming for higher. i am not sure if i should take ib, i have some doubts about whether i'll be able to do or maybe i'll regret it and i don't want to get low marks when i couldn've gotten 90's for regular courss.can exceptionally bright children move onto seconadry school at ten years old?
♥ my little boy is exceptionally bright and rather disruptive in class because the level of work does not stimulate him enough and he gets bored easily. the school has decided to move him up a class for his sake and that of the other children in his class. will he be allowed to progress onto secondary school with his new peers at the age of ten instead of eleven or will he be held back so that he progresses onto secondary school with children of his own age?how can i get students to learn math that aren't motivated?
♥ i got a new job here in the states. i am teaching math to underprivileged young adults (18-24 yrs. old) with an organization that is partly funded by the govt. generally, they are not bad kids considering where they came from. i already established rapport with them and there are some students that genuinely try to learn. however, a good percentage of the students i teach need to be prompted to do their work and are lazy. i have to teach them basic arithmetic through basic geometry for an adult math basic proficiency test known as the tabe test. the primary goal of my teaching is getting them to pass the tabe test and move on out of my class ( it is a revolving door class, i will get new students more frequently eventually). at this point i been working with them individually like tutoring and getting them to do problems on the board. i would appreciate some suggestions on getting them motivated to learn. i think games would be inappropriate for young adults unless they are clever. i just started in june. a new govt. contractor took over and they have to re-establish management of the location i work at which effects the students inside and out of class. anyway, i appreciate all your input.what if i just guessed at the act math test?
♥ when i first took the act (which turned out not to be the national one or the official one or some **** like that so i have to take it again), i only got 15 of the 60 questions right. when i tried taking the practice test at home, i only got 14 out of 60 correct. then the second time, i only got 10 out of 60 right, even after reading the strategies and reminders, mind you i did that 3 days before taking the second practice test. i already have a hard time recognizing when a specific type of question or problem appears and trying to remember what i need to do to solve it. being on a unrealistic time limit and trying to quickly write out equations and **** and only getting one minute for each question doesn't make it any better. i'm not very good at math. i can understand it if i go over it, but i just can't remember a lot of it. i absolutely suck at math with someone or something is asking me a math question and expecting a response in less than a minute. so, out of curiosity, i decided to count up how many would i have gotten right if i just chose one answer over and over again. i found out that if i chose the middle answer the entire time, i would have gotten 8, and if i would have chose the first answer every time, i would have gotten 12 right. i've already decided that i would just try to re-learn a fair bit of math on my own time by my own choice when i go off to college because i don't have the time right now and it's boring and frustrating being force-fed boring math and trying hard to make it through and keep up. when i'm on my own and have the time to re-learn it and choose to and choose a better method than the school system, then i will try to improve. for now, i'm curious. if i'm that bad at taking math on the act or just math in general, would i actually have a greater chance or at least making a 15 again if i chose the same answer in every question or made a zig-zag pattern, or should i just try.