Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Learning Center is a room where RSP students can drop by to get extra help with their assignments. (RSP is a special ed. classification. If you were to rank the different special ed. classifications, RSP is at the top. Many of them take regular classes, and generally they just need a little extra help with things.)
The Learning Center is manned by one special ed. teacher each period, and on this day I was covering 4th and 5th periods.
Tito came in about half way through 4th period. He had a test. He returned 5th period because he hadn't finished that test. But he was doing an awful lot of talking...
He had been in the Learning Center for more than 20 minutes. He had done 3 problems of his business math test. Immediately I saw the problem. His cell phone.
"But I don't understand #4."
As it was a test, I couldn't do too much, but I could read through the problem with him. Basically, someone had a bunch of bowling balls. They sold some. They got some more shipped in. How many bowling balls did they end up with?
Um... Considering he's in 11th grade, this problem shouldn't have been an issue. So, I decided to remove the distraction.
Oh, he howled, but he did give me his cell phone. I put it near me and let him get to work.
20 minutes later I returned to check on his progress. He still hadn't done #4.
So, I stood over him and tried to guilt him into doing something. But he couldn't be guilted. He noticed me standing there.
"Did I get a text?"
Because, obviously, I was watching his cell phone and would immediately let him know?
Apparently, removing the cell phone wasn't enough to remove it as a distraction. Sigh.
(The others who work the Learning Center tell me this is his usual M.O., so I didn't feel too bad about getting no work out of him.)