Integrated math 2. (Read: geometry or 10th grade math.) It was test day and we were on block schedule. They had an hour of review followed by an hour for the test.
During the testing hour, a boy called me over. He had a question about one of the test questions...
|This was not the exact test question, but it is a good example of what the test question was like.|
Me: "Uh huh. Yeah. That's what the question is asking."
"But how do you do it?"
During the review hour, they had a test review packet to complete. They were given 10 minutes to work on a page, then the teacher (it was a co-teaching situation, so I took the support role) demonstrated the questions via the projector. And there was more than one example of this type of problem on the review.
How had the boy missed it? Well...
During that first hour, I ended up stationed at his table. I was trying (unsuccessfully) to get them to put away a phone. They wouldn't. They wanted to watch a baseball game. "We know the material. We're ready for the test. We all have As and Bs in this class."
Apparently they weren't as ready as they thought they were.
And I took a certain amount of satisfaction from the fact that the boy was going to miss that question. Does that make me a bad person?
(In case you're wondering, it's a sine/cosine/tangent question. Take the ratio of two sides, look up that decimal on a table that they had, and voila. If you want more details, I'll explain in the comments.)