The special ed. freshman English class entered loudly. Chaotically. The bell rang, and they still hadn't gotten seated.
This tells me quite a lot about how the period is going to go.
I explained the assignment. It was a simple word search. (They had time to finish up the week's work first, so the word search was just to keep them busy if they were finished.) I passed it out.
"Can we work in groups?"
"What are these words?"
"This is too small."
The letters were printed in a smaller font, probably at about 12 point. So, yes, it was small. Too small?
They were not happy when I wouldn't let them work in groups. I did not even let them out of their assigned seats. They complained. Loudly.
How hard is a word search, really? Like they need help with this?
(I would have let them help each other, but it was already clear that the class would go insane if I gave them that sort of leeway.)
They had had a sub the previous day. Her comment: "This class needs to repeat kindergarten." A little harsh? Perhaps. But I saw her point.
(I still had to deal with three boys who could not remain seated. One got up and danced. Then there was the trash can basketball. Sigh.)