Wednesday, January 8, 2020
The week before winter break was also finals week. And due to a teacher taking advantage of the break to recover from surgery, I got to work it.
Eighth grade science. They had finals.
The finals were open book/open note. And most of the students had their papers all out and ready for use. Most of the students...
"I need help."
Any other time, I'm all over that. But not for a test. Definitely not for a final.
She reached for her neighbor's notes...
"Where are your notes?" I asked.
"I forgot my backpack."
I shrugged. If she didn't come prepared...
"What does it matter? They're the same notes."
Perhaps. Or perhaps she didn't take notes and she was counting on using her neighbor's work to get through. It didn't matter. The teacher had been very specific. They could use any of their own materials, but they could not use someone else's.
She was not pleased. But I've seen when they want to "share" notes on a test. It might as well not be a test. It might as well be partner/group work.
It was a good lesson for her. In the future, perhaps she'll remember to bring her own materials (and notes!) for her finals.