- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
I am at a loss, seriously.
I am in my second year teaching AP United States History. Last year, my charter school rated me a “highly effective” teacher on this very complicated system in which very few teachers received that recognition. Last year, I had no one fail my AP United States History course.
This year, I have 17/35 students failing. Now, I always say, a few students failing, it must be the student’s fault. But I can’t help but face the facts that almost 1/2 of my students are currently failing my class. 50%. In one of my periods, 11/19 students are failing. I can’t help but think, this is my fault.
I don’t know what to do. I have tried EVERYTHING I can think of: changing my teaching style to fit the needs of the students, scaffolding, teaching reading and study strategies, providing time in class and after school to study, practicing multiple choice testing skills, pre-teaching and re-teaching content. I’m stuck.
Now, this is nothing new, and many of these students are reading at well below grade level (like, 5th-7th grade reading level in 11th grade). But I can’t help but feel like I’m using that as an excuse.
I need advice? Help? I’ve talked to my admin TONS about it but they were all former middle school teachers and don’t know the first thing about teaching an AP course. The only suggestions I’ve received are “create a seating chart” or “teach reading strategies.” Useless.