Thursday, November 17, 2016
Can't Follow Directions
Freshman English. It was an honors class (read: advanced). The teacher left them an article to read and annotate. There were questions to go along with it. Standard fare, really.
In the lesson plan, though, the teacher made an interesting note. She said that the kiddos were having trouble following directions, thereby making more work for her. So, she had typed out the instructions for the class, copied it, and I was to distribute these copies to each student.
Okay, easy enough.
Fifth period. I passed out the articles. I explained what they had to do. I passed out the instructions. And still...
"Wait, are we allowed to write on these?"
"Why do I have extra paper?"
"When is this due?"
They did eventually get to work. No behavior issues. They worked quietly. And then at the end of the period, I called for their work.
The instructions clearly stated that they were to staple their questions on top of their articles. Yet, half the papers turned in had them stapled the other way around.
Lest you think I'm being nit-picky, just keep in mind that that was not the only thing they missed in the instructions. That were printed out for them. And that I went over. (And they were listening. The room was quiet while I explained things.)
Please don't tell me the now-freshmen are going to be like this their entire high school careers. (Don't tell me, but I have a feeling this might be a quirk of their class.)