Here at Doctors Charter School, the 2nd quarter is winding down.
We are having midterm exams this week, and it is a grueling process for our students. They are faced with the challenge of not just one exam, but all 7 exams for all 7 of their courses at one time. This is no small task and will tax the best of students and their efforts.
This is no different for the Latin student at DCS. The exam is cumulative in nature, and requires the Latin student in our program to be able to comprehend two quarters worth of material. We boil it down to a week long review session which, judging by the results so far, has not been enough. But this is understood – at least by instructors. Students need to take it upon themselves to be responsible for their own educations. If there is something they are not understanding, they have to speak up. Teachers are not mind readers and it is a good life lesson to get out of the way now – if you don’t know, don’t be ashamed. Ask a question and challenge someone to show you the way.
It is difficult, under these circumstances, for students to succeed. Expected to recall everything on a whim, there seems like no room for error. Straying upon the edge of a knife, perhaps. But we cannot progress if we don’t know our own limitations. And if we don’t know our own limitations, we will not know how we can take the initiative towards progressing.
So dear students of mine – ask questions.