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COMMENTS: Needs - Attitude - not good
1=#N had ups and downs in quarter 3. In fact, #e had ups and down all year. On the one hand, #N can go through spells of working regularly, dropping by autonomous time for questions and having mature and focused conversations with peers, but on the other hand there are also periods of time where #N is falling behind, not completing #h homework, and wasting precious class time.
2=#N’s trajectory in AP Calculus AB is slightly under expectations. After a very strong start to the year, it appears that #h priorities shifted and #e wasn’t always prepared properly for assessments. At the beginning of the year #N showed that #e was ahead of the material, but since then other choices seem to have taken over and #e has fallen behind.
3=As I read through my quarter 1 comments, I realize with a bit of sadness that #N has unfortunately fallen to the exact pattern I was predicting and warning #m about. #E is a talented math student who probably hadn’t reached a point where serious work was necessary before starting AP Calculus AB. And when it happened #e didn’t react promptly; #h grade suffered and #h understanding is now flaky. The good news is that in the last weeks of the year, as we review for the AP Calculus exam, every e
COMMENTS: Needs - Attitude - ok
1=I want to be able to count on #N to be focused on the FRQ that we are studying now, because even though we are done with the curriculum, there is still a lot to learn and practice regarding the AP Calculus AB exam.
COMMENTS: Needs - Attitude - severe
1=#N hasn’t always used #h class time optimally, often sidetracking #h energy to playful chatter with friends. In fact, #h disrespect of others when they speak has reached a severe point lately. #E is constantly speaking out of turn and disrupting the class. We have talked about this problems and then for a few days #h attitude improves. But then #N starts again with #h disrespectful habits.
2=It is rare for me to see a trajectory as fluctuating as #N’s has been in AP Calculus AB. One week I will feel like #e is finding every answer and helping others, the next I will discover #e is completely behind the material. One quiz will be great, the next a disaster.
COMMENTS: Needs - extracurricular
1=it was also impressive to see how #N was able to manage both the work of #extracurricular2 and the homework required in AP Calculus AB. #E maintained excellent habits in and out of the classroom and never used the excuse of #extracurricular2 to get special treatment or extended deadlines in math.
COMMENTS: Needs - Performance - Not used to work
1=#N is now at a crossroads : we have a naturally gifted student in mathematics, but a student who doesn’t seem to be ready to invest the necessary hours of work to polish #h understanding and adapt to the specific rigors and standardized expectations of the AP Calculus AB exam.
2=My concerns with #N at the beginning of the year were that #h natural strengths in math would impede on #h success due to a lack of effort. I feel like this has partially become true. #N could and should do better, #e probably underestimates the material and under-prepares #s for assessments. Talented students like #m usually do well in college as they shed their bad habits in their new surrounding, were possibilities are far greater than in high school and the end goal far grander. But
3=As often with students who are naturally strong in math, the jump from precalculus to calculus comes as a shock and they aren’t ready to accept that they can’t completely rely on their natural strength any longer. Of course, there is lots of time still to change this with the aim of being completely successful on the exam in May.
COMMENTS: Needs - Performance - struggling
1=As a math student, #N has never quite gotten rid of “small mistakes” in quizzes and tests that are #h habit. It upsets #m a lot when #e gets the assessments back to discover what #e got wrong and why. Oftentimes, #e had a complete and perfect understanding of the question but somehow wrote a very avoidable mistake. If there is time, #e should always go through the extra-effort of carefully double-checking #h answers, focusing on each word of the question and each step of #h solution.
2=#N had ups and downs in AP Calculus AB in recent months. #H hard work is unfortunately not rewarded with the grades that #e hopes for at the moment.
3=I am under the impression that #N doesn’t trust #s enough in math and when we face new problems, #e focuses too much on direct repetition of what we did in the worksheets. The goal is far beyond that and when #N will let #s more liberty to attempt new ways with old tools, #e could discover that math is much more flexible and creative than #e expects.
4=#N acknowledges that math is one of the subjects #e has struggled with in high school, and AP Calculus is not an exception.
COMMENTS: Next Steps - attitude
1=#N has sometimes been showing an attitude in class. I hope that things will turn around as our review for the AP Calculus exam also relies on students taking ownership of their learning
COMMENTS: Next Steps - extracurricular2 / BC
1=Given that #N is involved with the #extracurricular2 team, I hope #e will be able to maintain good work habits and push even deeper to become proficient in all sections of the course.
2=We all know that the #extracurricular2 season is going to be taxing in terms of time and energy, but let’s work hard to reap the fruit of the year-long effort we put in the math class.
3=I am counting on #N to focus on AP Calculus in spite of the #extracurricular2 season.
4=I am pleased that #e decided to study the AP Calculus BC material in order to challenge #s even further. Hopefully #h work outside of school pays off and #e successfully nails the BC exam as well as the AB sub-score. In class, #N should continue to focus on the AB material to try to achieve a near-perfect ability to answer any MCQ or FRQ problems, because that could be even more influential in terms of score than the particular content of the BC curriculum.
COMMENTS: Next Steps - future - enouragment/warning
1=#E will need to accommodate time to work regularly in order to be ready. It is the last sprint and every effort put in now has a magnified effect. I am counting on #N to optimize the time #e has in class, ask questions, involve other students and focus on concepts rather than specific exercises. Think positively about math and don’t give up!
2=I understand it must not be easy to remain completely focused as a senior after having received an acceptance letter from college. But what got #N into college is not the same as what will keep #N in college and make #m graduate. For the former, #e has shown #e is worthy. For the latter, it will be more dependent on #h attitude, work ethics, etc. I think #N can improve in that respect.
COMMENTS: Next Steps - future - general
1=We are done with all of the content for the year and can now focus entirely on preparing for the AP Calculus AB exam specifically. This will be particularly useful to consolidate #N’s understanding and fix key difficulties of the class in order for #m to be completely successful in the May exam.
2=We are now going to zero in on the AP Calculus AB exam. Everything we will do will be specifically targeting typical questions and expectations on the exam. With good work habits and efforts, it will be a period where huge signs of progress will appear for #N.
COMMENTS: Next Steps - future - optimistic
1=#N has all the keys for success, and if #e continues to work steadily in class and at home #e can feel very confident with #h performance on the exam.
2=#N and the rest of the class are now starting the last sprint of the AP Calculus AB class. This is the moment where each decision has a magnified importance. #N seems to be making the right choices at the moment and I urge #m to continue to work hard and stay focused on the material during class. All we do now is directly related to the AP exam and is therefore of paramount importance for #h success in May.
COMMENTS: Next Steps - recommendation for strong
1=As we review for the AP Calculus AB exam, #e can also become a resource for other students in the class. #H bright personality along #h deep understanding of math concepts make for an ideal tutor.
2=I don’t have specific recommendations for #m except to keep on doing what #e is doing right now.
COMMENTS: Next Steps - recommendation for weak
1=Regular practice will be important from now on until the exam. I would encourage #N to try to group questions in FRQ that look the same, and study the solutions of such groups. It will help #m build patterns and recognize key words and concepts, as well as identify how exceptions work. Even though the AP Calculus AB exam has some creative sections that are bound to be new and difficult for all students, the bulk of the exam shows classic unsurprising problems that #N will be able to recognize.
2=I urge #N to make sure that the energy in class from now on is aligned with our work and toward the AP Calculus AB exam in May.
COMMENTS: Next Steps - screencasts
1=#E has however found the transition to screencasts rather difficult, as it seems the interactiveness of notes in the classroom was more suited to #h style. This is not unheard of. It should be an occasion for #N to challenge #s and diversify #h abilities.
2=The screencasts we will work on from now on expose real students’ thinking processes in previous year exams, and why these processes are or aren’t correct. This tool will be very useful to #N to help #m differentiate what is logically sound and what isn’t.
COMMENTS: Strengths - Actions
1=Our email exchanges have proven to me that #e is ready to invest huge efforts and considerable time to understand concepts of calculus and apply them fluently.
2=#N managed to find ways to solve exercises that were exclusive to #m among all my students. It’s just one example of why I consider #m to be a unique student with striking potential. #E forms #h own meaning and forge #h own path to solve problems.
3=#N is a very capable student in math. #E works consistently and interprets mathematic concepts intimately. #H questions in class show that #e is truly thinking about the problem at hand. They are always geared toward understanding math and logic.
4=#N’s priorities are certainly not in the field of math, but #e is always dedicated to #h work in class and receptive to other students’ explanations.
5=I also appreciate how receptive #N is to feedback.
COMMENTS: Strengths - Future
1=I am very impressed with #h understanding and #h ability to mix and adapt the strategies we learn in class to the most difficult situations. I am pleased that #e decided to study the AP Calculus BC material in order to challenge #s even further and hopefully receive credits for college. There’s no doubt in my mind that #e will be successful if #e maintains the level of discipline, independence and maturity that #e has shown until now.
2=I am impressed at how #e focuses on doing well regardless of outside circumstances. It’s all the more notable given that #N was accepted in college early. It shows that #h motivation and drive are deeply rooted in #m.
3=The fact that #e got into college early impacted #h performance by marking a significant decrease in #h efforts at the beginning of quarter 3.
COMMENTS: Strengths - Strong - character
1=#N is a relentless worker with unflagging optimism. #E never disappoints.
2=#N is one of the quiet workers of the class. #E has a natural gift for mathematics. #E likes to avoid the spotlight and therefore most students in the class are probably unaware of how strong #e is.
3=#N seems to be intravenously attached to an inexhaustible drip of happiness, and moreover, it seems to spread from #m to all those who are nearby. #E is a central part of the success in our block this year. #N uses #h time very efficiently in class too, and while #e maintains everybody in high spirits, #e never loses #h focus on the mathematical task at hand.
4=Given #h involvement in several important events at KIS, #N sometimes misses class but #e is always informing me ahead of time and keeping #s up to date.
5=#N has revealed over the months that #e is a most creative and original math thinker. It is gratifying for me to discover students like #m who can rephrase or entirely reinterpret concepts in a personal way. No doubt this will be a valuable asset in the future, where more and more creativity will be expected to be successful.
COMMENTS: Strengths - Strong - high performance
1=#N is a gifted student in mathematics and #e is able to figure out paths to solutions quickly.
2=#N is one of the most high-performing students in all AP Calculus AB classes this year. #H regularity at the top of the grading scale is impressive.
3=#N’s way of thinking through problems impressed me from the first weeks of school and things never changed after that. The skills and insight #e displays in mathematics will certainly be useful whatever #e studies later in life; it is a system of logic that applies everywhere.
COMMENTS: Strengths - Strong - success story
1=#N is the success story of this year in AP Calculus AB. #H determination in class, #h willingness to show up during autonomous and sending me emails, and #h relentless efforts at home to study the material of the course are bearing fruit. I can’t say how proud I am of #h work in the last eight months.
2=The most rewarding and satisfying thing about #N this year is how #e has been consistently improving in terms of attitude and work in class. I really hope the exam will be the crowning moment in this year of constant improvement.
3=Sometimes I look at students and it amazes me to compare who they were at the beginning of the year and how much they’ve matured at the end.
COMMENTS: Strengths - Strong - wonderful student
1=#N is a phenomenal student. #E has been a phenomenal student all year. #H previous teachers still remember #m so fondly, it is striking that #e could impress their memories to such a degree. But I am not surprised. #N has never disappointed, not for one minute. #N is a leader by example, naturally and unflaggingly. #E makes it look easy. I admire how #e keeps perspective on everything that happens around #m. There is no false fireworks and no drama.
2=In class, #N approaches math problems with maturity, studies them calmly and is flexible about unexpected circumstances that we haven’t specifically practiced. I have complete trust in #h success in AP Calculus AB and beyond #h life at KIS.
LIST: extracurricular
1=cheerleading
2=basketball
LIST: extracurricular2
1=swim
2=soccer
3=musical
4=yearbook
LIST: How-to-improve
1=focus more in the lessons
2=put more time aside for homework
3=try not to chat during lessons
4=do more project research on the internet
5=develop #h computer skills
6=pay more attention to instructions
LIST: Science-topics
1=Heating and Cooling
2=Light and Sound
3=Exploring Magnetism
4=Changing Earth
LIST: Time-period
1=year
2=semester
3=1st semester
4=2nd semester
5=3rd semester
6=4th semester
7=term
8=1st term
9=2nd term
10=3rd term
11=4th term
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