Your effort in the fourth marking period can make or break you
The fourth marking period can be a tough time for some students. It’s a time when they really have to worry about grades and whether or not they will pass for the year.
Some kids already know that they passed for the year. Others dug themselves in a deep hole and are trying to get out of it.
I don’t have to try that hard to get a good grade, but I am concerned about ending the year on a good note.
I have noticed a change in a lot of kids work habits. Some are really trying harder this marking period, but others know they will pass and don’t really care what their grades look like for this marking period.
Teachers are also getting on students saying things like “This marking period means a lot. If you fail, you will have to retake my class next year or if you work hard and pass, you can move on.”
Some teachers will not give out any extra credit if you don’t do your regular work. But if the teachers notice that you are doing the work but are struggling, they may try to help you because they know you tried in their class.
There are plenty of benefits if you do your work and pass for the year. You can graduate on time with all your friends and classmates. You won’t have to go to summer school or retake the same class next year, and your parents won’t be mad at you because you failed a class for the year. And, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing you passed the year and that you can do it if you actually buckle down and listen to what teachers and your parents are telling you about school work.
A few lessons can be learned from this. Once fourth marking period starts, don’t mess around. Actually do your school work, and if all goes well, you can enjoy the two and a half months of summer.