Thursday, February 23, 2017
I was covering for a special ed. teacher, co-teaching several periods. 4th period I was in an 8th grade English class. The regular ed. teacher was there, and she ran the lesson as normal.
One of the things they're really stressing now is reading articles deeply and analyzing them. They had read an article on a previous day about violence in movies, and this day they were to answer some deeper level thinking questions about it.
The teacher had a whole slew of instructions. She had written them out on the board, and she spent a good ten minutes going over what she expected. There were five questions and then there was a focus question that she wanted answered in a specific format using at least 300 words.
She released them to their work, and I roamed the classroom, looking for those that needed my help. (As there was a co-teacher in there, it meant that a good portion of them were special ed. and would need a little extra assistance.) Things were going pretty smoothly.
Then I spotted a boy trying to solve his Rubik's cube. (These things are popular right now. Again.) Um, no. He had questions to answer. I glanced at his paper. His focus question had three lines of writing. That's nowhere near 300 words.
I told him to put the puzzle away. He did. He then got out his reading book...
Um, no. No, he wasn't done. I pointed out that the focus question wasn't complete. He didn't believe me.
I walked up to the board. I pointed to the words "300 words" written there. I pointed out all the myriad instructions.
"Oh, I have to do all that..."
He was not pleased.
Seriously, they just don't listen. And not just not to me.