Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Grading Creativity-part 2

Yesterday, I got an e-mail from a student of mine from this past spring semester. He is one of the most creative students I have ever had. He spends his free time, when he is not working on someone else's film, building elaborate sets in his apartment. He is curious, hard working and talented. What more can you want in a student?

He wrote wondering if I could help him out because he is in danger of failing a summer advanced camera class because he missed two class meetings because he had a paying job on a film. He has aced the camera tests and done all the work and is arguably one of the best students in the class, yet he is in danger of failing because of policy.

I told him there was not much I could do since I can't (and shouldn't) convince another teacher to change their rules mid-semester. I told him he needed to plead his own case. To me this is another example of a disconnect between what we are teaching and how we are teaching it. Who wins by failing him?

PeterH

4 comments:

Theresa111 said...

As long as you have told him what a gifted student he is and encourage him, you have done your best. He needs to understand at the outset that this world is not fair and he has to deal with the choices he makes. A valuable lesson to be learned but will help him to consider the ramifications of his choices in the future. He is most fortunate to have your support and you as his mentor.

PeterH said...

Thanks for the kind words and stopping by to read my blog.

PeterH

Jolenesiah said...

i dislike policy...lol

Jason D said...

Well, that was one of the reasons why you stood out as an excellent teacher there, you looked outside of the box.