The F Word Summary

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Angelia Coleman
Jon Frederick
English 102
8 March 2013
Helping Students Succeed
While teachers in the classroom should aim to give students the best education possible they do have many students who have issues outside of school. This may cause a student not to focus on studies when not in class. Many students deal with issues of divorce, drugs, and poverty. These issues in the home can weigh greatly on a student trying to reach their goals of completing high school or earning a degree. Teachers should take into account the students home life and if needed should modify their teaching to help these students succeed. Teaching is not just for preparing lessons, presenting them, and grading papers. Teachers must also be aware if a student is having difficulties outside the classroom. They must do more than go through the motions of teaching and truly teach. Each student must be involved in the classroom and students having trouble outside of school should be given extra time for assignments during school hours. Students should not be just passed along and given the grade but should be helped where needed. When a student asks for help in class the teacher generally helps that student. This is no different for a student having trouble at home. They should be given help as well. The student with trouble at home should be given extra attention and time in class if needed. In the story “In Praise of the F Word” Mary Sherry gives evidence that being hard on a student makes them succeed due to the fear of failure. Mary Sherry gave the evidence of adult students she had taught and of her son. The adult students felt that they had been cheated in the educational system because they had been passed without knowing the material. This speaks more for the teaching rather than the student. Students must be given an opportunity to succeed. These adults were just passed along without doing the work. Mary Sherry’s son had been threatened with failure when he...
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