Joe Black* : A Look at a "Special" Student
Hayes, Deborah J.
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The following account deals with a Fall 1981 study of Joe Black,. a sixteen year old tenth grade student at Portage Central High School. Joe was observed while a student in Western World, a history class that was assigned to me as a portion of my student teaching responsibilities. Western World is taught by Mrs. Gross and is considered to be one of the more advanced history courses offered at Portage Central, and thus the majority of the students who enroll in it are found to be above average in their studies. The course itself is fairly demanding, and as tenth graders, the students are exposed to a history class built around daily lectures, note-taking, and essay tests. The only real homework or outside assignment: is the reading of the text and thus this type of course places much emphasis on student responsibilities including attendance and their full attention when in attendance. For many students, this is a brand new experienoe as compared to the Middle Sohool and its requirements of only a year before. Therefore, Western World is a class that challenges both teacher and student, and it is important to keep this in mind since it was in this environment that I first came into contact with Joe and set about learning more about his special needs and problems. More importantly, however, it was here also that I noted his progress which as we shall see'- oame about due to the help and interest of many people. Joe really was and is a "special"