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The witching hour

March 29, 2012

Tonight is that horrible witching hour after the marking period has ended, but before teachers must turn in their grades. You may have been monitoring your child’s grades closely for the last nine weeks, and thought things were going well. But during the witching hour, you will suddenly see graded assignments pop up on the Home Access Center, assignments that you never heard of before, and never had a chance to discuss with your child. Or tests that you never knew about, and never had a chance to help or remind your child to study for. Or maybe even grades made up out of thin air.

If you are unlucky, some of these new assignments will have grades low enough to drop the letter grade that was reported by HAC only the day before. Or you may find out that an assignment you never knew about was not turned in. But it’s too late, there’s nothing you can do at the end of the marking period. Communication FAIL.

If only the teacher had posted the assignment when it was assigned, instead of procrastinating until the very last possible minute…

Check HAC every day this week. And now that the new marking period has begun, remind your teachers to enter assignments and tests before they are due.

  1. April 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

    It’s like magic! Grades suddenly appear!

    I had an annoyingly chatty waitress the other day who inserted herself in every conversation my friend and I were having. When we started discussing education… there she was, spouting off how she was against BSD’s referendum because of its focus on technology was a waste of time and not needed. My response: If you believe that, then give me your cell phone. She didn’t have anything to say after that.

  2. John Young
    April 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Good one Pandora!

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