If you give a person a hammer, they’ll stop using a rock.
If you give a farmer a tractor, he’ll stop using the walking plow.
If you give a road worker a jackhammer, he’ll retire the pick-ax.
If you give someone a tool, you expect it to be used.
So when I gave the 7th grade special education students calculators to use on the state math exams…
I saw students compute the supplementary angle to another using their fingers.
I saw students look at an order of operations problem and do the computations with pencil & paper.
That is how they did it in 6th grade where calculators are not allowed for use on the exam. This year, their teachers taught them how to operate the calculators and they say the students enjoyed using them in class.
The test directions even tell the students to use the calculators.
So would somebody please explain to me why they didn’t? I just don’t get it.