Never Assume

Today in my first period class, I asked a student to interpret another student’s work on the board. She said she couldn’t as it was written in red. She then mentioned that she can’t really see writing on the whiteboard when someone uses red or green. The class agreed to only use black or blue from now on.

It’s DECEMBER. I couldn’t believe that a student would wait until DECEMBER to mention this.

As we were also doing board work in fifth period, I asked, “Does anyone have trouble seeing what’s written in red and/or green?”

TWO students raised their hands.

*sighing* Lesson learned.

Image: twenty six from 2inches via flickr.

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4 Responses to Never Assume

  1. malcore says:

    And just think about all the students whose barriers are so much more difficult to pin down than that…

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sol Lederman says:

    Hi Jackie,

    I like your blog. The world needs more dedicated Math teachers like you. Thank you for your service.

    I’ve added you to my RSS feed reader and to my blog roll.

  3. Jackie,
    How about if you ask your students to write down something that you need to know about your class/instruction/etc when they return after Christmas break? You can set it up in the same way as you mentioned in this post – you did not realize that it was difficult for some students to see the colors used on the whiteboard. Are they other things that your learners need to let you know respecting the fact that all of us learn differently? (anonymously if it would be helpful – students really do worry what their teachers think of them and how it will affect their grade)

  4. Jackie says:

    malcore & Sol – Thanks!

    Great idea Karen – I’ll do it!

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