Monday, February 9, 2015
Biology class. Special ed. Their assignment was to define the terms on page 286 in their textbook. It was a chapter on Mendel and heredity.
I don't know how many times I said, "Page 286." Many. More than a dozen. And it was parroted by half the class. It was also written on the board. Which I pointed out.
More than half the class worked diligently. A few of them spent more time talking than working. Typical.
I'm not sure why I needed to look at this one boy's paper. Something about the number of terms. There should have been 18. He claimed there were 16. But one of the terms had two words in it, so I went over to investigate.
When I glanced at the boy's paper, something stood out. The terms. Gamete. Zygote. Um, I should be seeing heterozygous and homozygous. There was something wrong here...
"Page 286? You said page 256."
Um, no. He had done the wrong chapter.
Apparently, this was not the first time he had defined terms from the wrong chapter. The last time the aide had given him credit rather than making him do the correct terms. This time she wasn't so sure.
Someone needs to pay closer attention when instructions are being given. (And it turned out he wasn't the only one.)