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January 27, 2019

The essay was due before winter break, but a surprisingly large number of students had not yet turned in the final summative assessment of the term. Why were so many students simply failing to complete a major assessment? As a teacher, I have not totally let go of the...

January 13, 2019

The first semester ended on Friday, bringing with it the usual end-of-semester debates, pleading, and teacher boasts about grades. I have already received a weekend email from a counselor asking if there is anything a student can do to earn .05 quality points in class,...

January 5, 2019

College football fans might not like when their team's star players sit out bowl games, but they shouldn't be shocked either. The college football playoff, consisting of four teams chosen by a committee, has created a Quit Point for many college athletes who have aspir...

January 1, 2019

This is the time of year when many people decide to commit or re-commit to some sort of self-improvement. Whether it's exercising more, eating healthier, improving our time with family and friends, these positive ambitions usually fall to the wayside as old habits cree...

December 1, 2018

I've spoken with a lot of educators recently who are anxious or stressed at the thought of work. They enjoy working with young people and often love their subject matter. Yet, when it comes to putting those elements together as professional educators, the job weighs on...

August 16, 2018

As I prepare to start the school year, I remind myself that my way of teaching makes students quit. I know that students come into my class with preconceived notions about teaching and teachers based on their years of experience.  No matter how much I try to prepare, o...

July 16, 2018

"Kids today don't care about school." I hear this from educators all the time. This idea has resulted in two general camps of teachers: those who blame the kids for the lack of engagement and those who go all in on a "proven" strategy or teaching method, guaranteed to...

June 21, 2018

A few years ago, we set out to answer the question, “What makes students quit?” Our research pointed us towards optimism and the impact that it has on reducing Quit Points. If educators provide a daily dose of optimism, they can begin to reduce the frequency and impact...

February 19, 2017

     As data continues to become an important part of education, one important data point is missing: Quit Point.  Recognizing this factor in student learning can have a profound impact on educators as we attempt to improve student performance and close the achievement...

October 13, 2016

Student perceptions about their classwork can have a major impact on the effort put into their work and their retention of their learning.  Feeling uncertain, "dumb" or like their work doesn't meet expectations can lead many students to disengage from the learning proc...

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Education...we have a Quit Point problem

January 27, 2019

The essay was due before winter break, but a surprisingly large number of students had not yet turned in the final summative assessment of the term. W...

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