Friday, January 2, 2009

SpEcIaL Ed At It'S bEsTeSt

My 7th grade students will take the writing portion of the TAKS test this year, so I have been trying to teach all I can to prepare them for success. On the writing portion, they have to respond to a prompt as well as answer multiple choice questions on the revising/editing section. They have really been struggling with spelling common words, so I have been giving them spelling tests. We work with the words for 5 days in class, and the are assigned to study the words for homework every night. The last test I gave them was these 5 words: about, above, across, because and below.

I gave my kiddos 10 minutes to study with a partner before the test. I even offered to help some of my kids that are shy and don't work well with others. I noticed one of my very talkative students was not working with a partner. I asked him why and he told me he had studied at home. WOW! They DO care about their grades, education, success, future, etc.....right?!?!?

This is the above students way of 'studying':

he wrote the spelling words on the OUTSIDE OF HIS HAND!! Then, he told me they weren't the spelling words and he was NOT trying to cheat!! WHAT? Um, precious, sweet student of are cheating so go wash your hand and we can discuss this when you come back.

I had to take several deep breaths! His mother works in the district and I know I should have called her but I decided to give him a zero and extra homework....I didn't have the energy to call and tell her just how 'special' her precious baby boy is!

Yes, I am glad I have a few days left of Winter Break. I love my job and my students but I felt compelled to share with the blogging world what my days can be like. Fun stuff and good times are always happening in my classroom!


Krystyn said...

I almost died when you showed me that picture. At least my kids are creative and text each other the answers!

Laura said...

Oh Emily that's pretty bad! This is one of the reasons why I teach the little ones, they don't come up with stuff like this just yet. I have caught someone with their vocab words on the floor, but that was a one time occurance!

Rachel said...

HAHA - it amazes me that even after you catch them they still try to deny it... I dont think I have the patience to be a teacher...

Mom said...

Hi, Cara's mom here. I am a teacher too. They never cease to amaze us do they? We could all write books. I have to say though, this student takes the cake! On the OUTSIDE of his hand??? :-)Hilarious!

Oh, and Laura, I was subbing in a kindergarten class the day before Xmas break. An 8th grader came by and gave me a small gift. Guess where we found it after it came up missing? In a K's backback! And the girl showed no remorse! Crazy!

Cara said...

HAHAHAHA! That is awesome! Did you make it through that situation with a straight face? I would have died laughing! :)

Kristen said...

Hahahaha!! That totally made me laugh!! When I taught two years ago I had a student ask me the answer to a question from his exam study sheet and then RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, wrote the answer on his hand. This was during the last minute question time minutes before the test!

Ahh the stories teacher can tell!

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Kirsten: said...

Oh, that story was too funny!!! Very special indeed =)