Accommodating slow learner
It is important to remember that those modifications that require student responses (e.g.
using the SLANT strategy) should be systematically taught, and that the effectiveness of the accommodations and modifications should be monitored and changes made as needed.
As they sit and talk, Dennis's wife, Cindy, comes home and is noticeably frustrated by Dennis's afternoon activities.
To make matters worse, an old rowdy college "friend" of the Flanges, named Pig Bodine, shows up in a stolen MG to see his old friend.
At this, Cindy orders the three men off the premises.
They all get in Rocco's garbage truck, and head down to the dump, patrolled by an old man named Bolingbroke.
It is not a disease and cannot be passed on to other students.
What he's going to do instead is sit at home and drink wine with the neighborhood garbage man, Rocco Squarcione.His comments on the stories after reading them again for the first time in many years, and his recollection of the events surrounding their creation, amount to the author's only autobiographical comments to his readers. It centers around Nathan Levine, a lazy Specialist 3/C in the Army stationed at New Orleans who, along with several of his companions in the battalion are assigned to help with the cleanup at a small island named Creole, which has just been hit by a hurricane.He picks up dead bodies back at the island and after the horrific day of work, he heads back thinking about how to go forward with his life, if at all.There, Dennis waxes philosophical about the dump, thinking of it as an allegory for his life up to that point, and possibly his life in the future. She takes him to her home, tunneling deep into the dump, where she asks him to marry her. To this, she starts crying, thinking Dennis won't take her. A weekend-long lease-breaking party devolves into disarray as Meatball Mulligan entertains a revolving door of cronies, servicemen, and jazz musicians while, in a hothouse room, Callisto and his lover Aubade ponder the everpresent condition of enclosed systems creating disorder while trying to nurse a baby bird back to health.
Rocco leaves for home, and Bolingbroke, Bodine, and Dennis turn in for the night, swapping sea stories as they doze off. Realizing this is him, Dennis runs off into the dump looking for the woman. He then thinks she looks like a child, and that he always wanted children, but Cindy was too busy. The temperature outside remains 37 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day, fueling apocalyptic paranoia in Callisto, who pontificates on the discoveries of the Laws of Thermodynamics, the Clausius theorem, and Gibbs and Boltzmann, finally deciding that entropy is an adequate metaphor to apply to American consumerist society, "a similar tendency from the least to the most probable, from differentiation to sameness, from ordered individuality to a kind of chaos." Meanwhile, Meatball juggles his attention between conversations about communication theory and personal relationships, keeping the musicians from smoking marijuana in his place, and the unexpected entrances of three coed philosophy majors lugging gallons of Chianti and, later, five sailors searching for a whorehouse.
Students with slow processing speed can have trouble keeping up in class, participating in discussions and staying focused.