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First, it enables them to fail. Well, not all students will go to college. Secondly, a major by-product of the ICU system is that students actually begin to care about their grades. If we can get them to care now, college will actually be an option for more of them.


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Besides, I had plenty of college professors who were more than willing to give me extra time if I pleaded a reasonable case. The teachers knew we cared about our grades and they were willing to bend on their deadlines in order to make sure we could get the material.

Life happens. Giving zeros has been around for a while, but I was skeptical of questioning a grading system that rewards excellence and punishes laziness. The fear of failure has spurred me on in everything, but not everyone is like me.

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In my opinion, student attitudes are on a continuum. On one end you have your group that wants to do well, and on the other end you have your group that absolutely refuses to do anything. Those in the middle can sway back and forth depending on their mood, the teachers, and what is going on in their lives.


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  • They tried failing students. Nothing seemed to work. When Nave saw how crowded the session was, he started to leave, but something made him walk back into the room.

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    Reviving Engagement and Responsibility" and speaking with Hill at schools around the area. The gist of their model is this: teachers at their schools do not give zeros for incomplete assignments. Instead, they insist that assignments be completed and turned in, even if late. A student may wind up in study hall before or after school or have to sit out an activity class to do the work if he or she delays turning in an assignment.

    Staff throughout the school can see when a student is missing an assignment, by way of a shared intranet document called the ICU Intensive Care Unit list and everyone is expected to pitch in to make sure each student knows what they owe.

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    Hill and Nave both say they've seen big benefits, including improved academic performance, behavior, morale and, for the first time, percent of assignments eventually turned in. Here's your zero and you are done.

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    Hill said that the practice has drawn complaints from a few competitive-minded students at Hill's school but he, Nave and many of their teachers will defend it. Kindle Edition. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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    The End of Student Apathy...Reviving Engagement & Responsibility

    Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 02, Mrs. The Power of ICU has really changed my way of thinking as an "instructional leader". I would highly recommend this read to any educator at any grade level. If you want to learn how to help students who are apathetic and help all students in general, this is for you. The ideas presented do require an open mind and simply someone who wants all students to learn and find success.

    It is a quick read so busy teachers don't have to worry about finding enough time to read it.