Tina and I were talking on the phone last night about her students, grades, teaching, etc. Our conversation reminded me of an experience I had with a student who was capable but didn't do his homework, study, or turn in all his work. One grading period he went too far and had a really low average. After they got their grades, he called me over and asked incredulously and a bit outraged, "Why did you give me an F?"
Me: "Because that's as low as it goes."
He shut up after that, started doing his work, and made better grades from then on. Sometimes it doesn't work that way. I'm glad it did for him. Teaching teenagers lets us be smart-ass teachers with some of them.
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