Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Seen it Before


I was back in Ms. B's special ed class. 5th period started with us watching CNN 10 (it's a 10 minute digital news show created for the classroom). As I had covered the class before, I knew to get that cued up and ready, so I did that during 4th period.

5th period started. We turned on the projector. Turned out the lights. And played the video.

"We've seen this already."

Theresa's complaint was loud. She turned to the instructional aide (IA). The IA told Theresa to settle down and watch. But Theresa wouldn't settle. She moaned. She was bored. She'd seen it before, so she didn't need to pay attention.

However, no one else in the class seemed to be familiar with the stories.

After the video finished, I minimized the video. I had to be sure. Had I selected the wrong video?

Nope. Right on the screen was that day's date. And all this was still projected to the class, so I called Theresa's attention to it.

"Read that right there," I directed.

She dutifully read the date. "This is today's clip," I said. I then proceeded to explain that perhaps CNN had gone over a story they'd shown previously.

At which point Theresa remembered that she had previewed the video earlier. Herself.

(After we finish watching the video, each student has to talk about something they saw. This can be challenging for them. And as the clips are readily accessible, it would have been easy for anyone to see them before 5th period.)

On the one hand, clever of her to prepare. But, if she was going to "cheat", she should have remembered that that's why she'd seen it all before.

21 comments:

  1. OOPHS, so what did you do about her cheating?

    Traveling Suitcase

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    1. Considering the "assignment" and the nature of the kids, I consider this more as "studying" than cheating :)

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  2. What a goofball. ~grin~ And she doesn't have age as an excuse.

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    1. Yeah, well, I'm told that's usual for her.

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  3. If she was really smart, she wouldn't have let the cat out of the bag.

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    1. Ah, but sadly being in that class lets us know she struggles...

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  4. lol at least you didn't click the wrong one :)

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    1. Yeah, well, considering the level of that class, it wasn't surprising.

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  6. Ugh, CNN. I think that's child abuse even if it is only ten minutes.

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  7. Is there anything these kids don't try?

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  8. At least it was figured out how she had seen it before :)

    betty

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  9. Haha. Hilarious. They're all like goldfish aren't they!

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    1. They are! What a great description.

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  10. Those special ed kids could keep you busy writing forever I reckon. There's always a couple who really try it on. Good on ya.

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    1. Oh yes, kids are great for all sorts of stories.

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