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    Dd13 got her history class results yesterday - an A for her presentation and a B for her essay. I told her how pleased she should be with her results and the work that went in to them.

    Logically I know that a B for an essay ( 7/10 ) is pretty good for the second ever essay she has written, and one that is being marked as an 11th grader, not as an 8th grader. Logically, I know it is a good foundation for improvement

    Illogically, I feel a great sense of failure. Surely I should have been able to teach her to an A standard ? Yes, on her second essay 70% seems, to me, very ordinary.

    I know I'm an idiot. But I need to hear someone else say it.

    Or, if you agree with me on my failure, give me a suggestion to fix my teaching flaws!

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    Of course you're not a failure! Good grief, that's quite good!
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    You're an idiot.

    Well, not really, but I would be very pleased if my kids did that well, especially on a second essay that is 3 grades above their level. My kids write at a "B" or "C' level most of the time, though I keep aiming for higher for them.

    Judging from your many informative, intelligent and supportive posts here, I can't think that you're in any sense a failure as a teacher.

    That said, if you get good tips to help your "flaws" (your word, not mine), I'll be the next in line to read them to help improve my skills so that my kids may start to write better.
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    As my lovely DD would say in her deep voice - YOU'RE DOOOOMED!

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    Bear in mind that essays are (usually) graded kind of subjectively. It's not like a multiple choice test.

    Be proud of the result. You both did well.

    ETA: You're right in that it's a good foundation for improvement. I know what it feels like to ace something right away and then have anxiety about having to do it every single time thereafter. Not a good feeling, and of course I couldn't live up to it. I preferred those times where I started in a spot where I had room to move up.
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    So this result would be genuinely acceptable to others ? I've read the teachers comments and agree with them.

    This is the first time she has ever been graded, other than in ballet exams. If it was a B in a maths test, I'd feel OK about it. I just feel like this is supposed to be her strong subject.
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    First, I wouldn't be concerned about the 70% at all, but is 70 really a B in Australia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadie View Post
    So this result would be genuinely acceptable to others ? I've read the teachers comments and agree with them.

    This is the first time she has ever been graded, other than in ballet exams. If it was a B in a maths test, I'd feel OK about it. I just feel like this is supposed to be her strong subject.
    Yes, I would be genuinely pleased with that result. I would be happy if my kids consistently maintained that kind of grade, especially at that level of material, but the point that there is room for further development also makes a lot of sense to me. Be proud of yourself and her.
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    I of course believe that the Australian authorities in full kangaroo regalia are going to march (jump?, hop?, bound?) into your house demanding to know how you could be such a slacker and stuffing your other children in their pouches so they can take them away to writing boot camp.

    Whew that was exhausting.

    All writers need constructive criticism. Sounds like this is what your dd got and I bet it will "stick" better coming from an outside source.

    Go have a cup of tea and some chocolate. OK?
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    Ok. Thanks Shoe. That sounds more sane than what is in my head!

    Teri, I don't think the public schools grade at all like that here. It's just whatever out of 20. This scale is 9-10/10 = A, 7-8/10 = B

    A B grade means you:
    -demonstrated an ability to locate select and organise information from a substantial range of sources
    -communicated accurate knowledge with some detail and understanding of historical features and issues in a generally -well- structured essay
    -used sources to support the response
    -provided a bibliography

    To get an A the argument and structure need to be sophisticated and comprehensive. Research, selection and organisiation of info needs to be well developed.

    OK. Just typing that all out makes me feel better. She has four years to work on sophistication, right ?

    Who knew I had such a harsh task master inside my head ? Anyone else that mean in the privacy of their own brain ?

    Pefa - We already had gingerbread with whipped cream and strawberries AND a chocolate mousse filled chocolate cupcake! The gingerbread counts as school because it's a dessert from a book! And the cupcakes count because ds invented them! Obviously, when it comes to baked goodies, I am not harsh at all
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