The worst, though, was my Russian classes (taught by the schools only GS teacher as well) That poor man caught hell from his Russian class students, and it was a shame because he was really genuinely wanted to help them learn.
My class only had myself and 4 or 5 other students in it, and they were huge slackers. He'd announce a test a week ahead of time, and remind us everyday, and the day OF the test, the other students bawled and screamed and whined and pitched the most godawful childish fits over it until he finally threw up his hands and moved the test to the next day. And the would try it again the next day! Or they would play mind games with him, and they'd all get together and say "No, you never told us about today's test, nope, no you didn't, never said a word." Being as I respected the teacher I would usually stick up for him, especially in those cases, because that's just not funny to do to a guy who'd recently had a stroke and been out of school for months.
Thankfully by my 3rd year of taking the class, he'd wisened up and let me go off in a corner and study on my own, because I was actually interested in learning something. But he did that because I was also in his gifted classes, so he knew I was an independant learner and didn't like whiners and slackers holding me back. I love to learn. Unfortunately it seems a trait that is severely lacking in most kids.
I think that's a great idea for a project. It's a shame that students are so...blah...that they don't want to try or be challenged. And labelling someone as "special needs" because they don't give a fart about learning? Bah. There's a huge difference between being not trying and not being able.Originally Posted by TASmith