Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Easy Way
It was only the second week of school, so call outs are light. And, they're unplanned, so I wasn't shocked that the lesson plans were rather sparse. While I could have had them go on to the next section (math class, so the next section was about exponents), enough of them were still working on the polynomial section that I didn't feel it necessary.
I did my usual walk around. Several students had finished the assignment. One boy had two assignments on his desk. One complete and one not.
As it wasn't a test, I didn't mind them working together. And, if a student wanted to check his work against a neighbor's, I didn't have an issue with that. But these were not simple problems, and the boy appeared to just be copying his neighbor's work...
I asked the usual question. The boy said he understood the assignment. Okay, fine. "Explain how you do this to me," I challenged.
He hemmed and hawed. But not for too long. Pretty quickly he relented and admitted that he didn't understand how to do the assignment.
Okay, then. I can help with that.
I don't think they get how bored I am when they don't need my help.
And besides, they can copy the answers to the assignment, but this practice thing isn't going to be graded. And if they don't figure out how to do it during the practice, they won't have any idea what they're doing when it's time to take the test.
I think that's a lesson some of them are going to have to learn for themselves.