Judgment, Evaluation, Feedback, etc. LO10054

Keith Cowan (72212.51@CompuServe.COM)
18 Sep 96 21:11:47 EDT

Replying to LO9987 --

>... if a student does better than the teacher
>expects, the teacher often attributes it to cheating or to freak
>circumstances ...

I had a French teacher who was perplexed by my repeated perfect scores
on dictation and finally was driven to comment in front of the class
about how dictation demanded different skills than "regular" work.

I stood up and thanked her for her "vote of confidence" at which time
she realized what she was doing and apologized...

Then the Shakespeare teacher mentioned that my 9 marks out of 40 on her
unannounced test was surprising (I had not read the piece) and that the
29 out of 30 on the next test (I HAD read it then) was equally surprising.
I just replied that surprises were what made life interesting.

The reality is that neither one had any idea what was causing these
results but felt compelled to BS their way forward as the functional
expert (right Marion?). FWIW...IMHO....Keith


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