Friday, June 16, 2017
Accommodations for a Final
For the penultimate week of school I covered a special ed. health and biology class.
(Yes, the last day of school was yesterday. I write all my posts for the week at once, so you're always reading about what I did last week.)
As they had finals the following week, they spent the week I was with them working on a "study guide".
The teacher and instructional aide (IA) had honed this study guide over several finals that they'd given their classes. (The IA was with me for the entire week, so basically she did all the "work" and I sat around and looked "official".) The IA explained what they were doing to me.
Each student was given the actual final along with the "study guide". While in class (they weren't allowed to take it out of the room) they were to look up where to find each answer in the book (the final was open book) and note down what chapter, what page, what paragraph, and what sentence each answer could could be found in. (They were given what chapter.)
Easy, right? But remember, this was a special ed. class. It took some of them all week. Although, to be fair, it took all week for the students who spent most of their time staring at walls rather than looking for the answers for their final.
And the IA told me that even with this help, no student gets 100% on their finals.
Ah well, it turned out to be an easy week for me. (Even with Asia in one of the periods.)