Moebius Stripper thinks she’s making progress with her precalculus class, but worries about some students.
In particular, although I hate (not really) to make predictions at this point, I think that it’s a pretty sure bet that when a student asks “what do I need to get in the rest of the course to get the 65% I need?,” and you say “well, here are your test marks and quiz marks, and your tests so far are worth 40% and the quizzes so far are worth 8%, so you can figure it out from that” and they say “how do I do that?” – they’re not likely to get that 65%. Just sayin’.
I tutored three boys for their algebra midterm yesterday. One needed no help. In fact, I kept asking him if I had it right, since it’s been nearly 40 years since I took algebra. The other two . . . Well, I wondered what it’s like to live life without an attention span. I guess every moment is fresh and new, and you can’t remember what the x-intercept is, even though I JUST TOLD YOU TWO SECONDS AGO!