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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

One Down, Two to Follow



What I like about Sam's effort is that he came up with an original idea and didn't just copy something off the Internet or choose a super-hero. He based his design on lizards -- he loves lizards and dinosaurs!! It has a definite 'tribal' element about it, I think.

But, my goodness my grandson is a lazy boy! The mouth is a mess because I explained to him how he could make the teeth by drawing them with a marker on a clear sheet of one of those plastic clear pockets you use to keep documents from getting wet or dirty. He could then paint the mouth -- with red nail varnish and put the plastic with the teeth -- painted in with tipex! So I did a rough example to show him -- after his eyes glazed over and the inevitable, 'huhhhh??' came from his mouth!

"That's good enough" he insisted. By that time I was so flippen' sick of pushing him to get the damn thing mask finished that I just let him have his way and he glued the 'rough' example to the mouth and that was that.

On the day the project was due and out of the house,  I was enamoured to download two more homework projects from the school's website -- geography and RE (Religious Education). The geography  project is to find out about one tourist resort in Europe and then design and make a tourist brochure, webpage or advertisement to provide information for tourists.

The RE task is to write about or make a power point presentation about "The Life and Times of Moses".

I think I've died and gone to hell... :-(

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  1. I think it's very original and cool! Yes, you may have bitten off more than you thought, but at least your teeth look better than this! :-)

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    1. My teeth not only look better, but I still have them!

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  2. Is this modern education? Making a blasted tourist brochure....?

    Get back to contour lines and lists of a country's natural resources - or don't our masters want us to realise we still have coal in the U.K. and new generation clean power stations to use it?

    Life and times of Moses... - a power point presentation! Why can't they write something that resembles an essay?

    Ye gods and little fishes ! No wonder kids are lazy if this is all the stimulus they get at school!

    I feel like gnashing a set of those teeth on the mask....

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    1. The brochure -- or website -- is supposed to be about a tourist area in Europe and should include information about the geography and resources of the area! To me that means more of a 'booklet' than just a brochure -- but then I'm never sure what people mean when they say 'brochure'... Since our French house in the midst of such a tourist area that's the one he's going to choose -- I've already decided!

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  3. First of all I really like the mask and both the originality of the idea and the workmanship/womanship that has gone into it.

    I have a bit of a problem with all of the homeworks being longer and project based. Although I would never critiscise another teacher without fully understanding the thought processes behind it, I believe that there is room for some homeworks to be further practice and consolidation, revision and a good mix of projects is best. I don't have a problem with using powerpoint to present ideas about Moses although it probably isn't fair on those pupils withour computer/internet access - and there are still many.
    Is Sam in Y7/8?
    We've been there supporting homework as a parent and as a teacher I offer my tutor group the facility of coming for some homework advice. The ones who come are generally the ones who haven't got parents with the wherewithall/time/energy/inclination to support them.

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    1. ... for parents, of course read grandparents, too! Sam is fortunate

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    2. Oh, Gaynor, I was hoping to get your input! Sam is Y8. I don't have too much of a problem with the idea of projects. But they are not exactly my idea of what 'homework' is. Where I went to school homework was set to compliment what we learned in class each day. It was handed in and part of our grade. I feel for any student who does not have home access to a computer. It really puts them at a disadvantage.

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    3. Where I went to school a 'project' -- usually a 'term' paper -- was long term and graded in a different way from 'homework'.

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  4. Frustrating yes, but I'd love to trade places with you for a few days to enjoy what it's like having a grandchild. Mrs. Chatterbox and I are growing old waiting for our son to provide us with one.

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    1. I hope you have the chance, too -- I suspect the two of you would be grandparents all children would love to have...

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  5. Dear Broad, your last line had me laughing out loud and I'm still grinning. You know all these new experiences with your grandson are doing you good--I think--because they're branching your dendrites. I don't know if you know about that, but it's a phenomenon that will help your brain as you age. And Sam is catapulting you into aging!!!! Peace.

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    1. So that's why it felt like I was flying out of control! ;-)

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  6. Great mask! :-)

    Must admit that as a teacher [like Gaynor] I have a little bit of an issue with 'projects' for homework -- though I'm being a bit naughty commenting without knowing the context & thinking that led to this being given.

    You never know about the levels of resources in both time and materials which kids have at home. Some will have 110% support, others will have parents who end up doing it for them and yet others will be left floundering on their own.
    Sometimes I wonder if in a desire to "keep things interesting" practice and consolidation becomes a forgotten area of homework.

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    1. I, for one, appreciate your input. It is very difficult to understand what the thinking is when the school sets homework -- I am not sure what is determined by the teachers or if the homework/project is determined in some other way by some other group...

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  7. I like the mask, and the implicit idea Sam is a quiet kind of man, not much to say.
    This kind of project would be extra credit for my 6th grader, and she would be all excited by the mask and do it well. The brochure project would languish and never happen.
    My tenth grader, tried several times last year to drag power point presentations into her English assignments. To her teacher's great credit, they did her no good and she had to buckle down and figure out how to make verbal presentations of her material. Yes!
    Grandma power!

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  8. I hope Sam was enthusiastic about some of the mask work. It is brilliant, and I am sure he will realise how good it is when he sees others made by his classmates, whose parents/grandparents did not encourage/ inspire their offspring as much as you did. I suspect the teacher is trying to get the students to find something that they can really get involved with.....I guess the problem is that some of these tasks don't inspire the students and the conscientious parents/grandparents end up with no spare time !
    I am sure he appreciates your efforts, and maybe, one of these project/tasks will grab his imagination and he'll tell you to leave him alone !

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    1. I think what he appreciates most is that he didn't go to class empty-handed! The actual process was akin to having teeth pulled. I wonder which of the next two projects he will choose to tackle first!

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  9. Oh, Broad, I do feel for you and Fly has already expressed exactly what DD and I would want to say about these homework projects. The mask is great fun to look at and I'm glad Sam had something worthwhile to take into school, but this idea of brochures or tourist websites as geography homework is what drove Grandson#1 to drop geography at GCSE level, though he really enjoyed the physical geography they'd done.

    I think the problem is the trend towards trying to make education enjoyable and interesting all the time, when we all know that sometimes learning is plain hard work and can't always be sugar-coated. Sigh....

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    1. I don't really have a problem with the idea of a 'brochure' -- it can be -- or not be -- whatever Sam decides to make it. That includes geographical and geological information. There is a lot available information on these subjects due to the interesting data available on this aspect of the area. Like any other project, it's up to the student to make of it what he chooses. The trouble is that Sam would rather be doing something else and tends to be rather slap-dash -- if I let him get away with that!

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  10. Great work, I'm sure he is creative...

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  11. Well, schools these days do try to engage the kids. I think I must have been an odd child though because I liked learning stuff :)
    It's a very striking mask with or without the "rough teeth"!

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  12. LIke others, I must say that mask is intriguing. A brochure is a multi-faceted undertaking, requiring good reading and research, and good writing. A variety of skills needed.

    Blessings and Bear hugs for you, Grandma!

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    1. As I said in a comment above -- it is what he makes it to be!

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  13. Ahem, are those projects meant for you?

    And tell him that I think his mask is perfect, no matter what gran says.

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    1. I suspect, from the way these projects are worded, that it is hoped that the participation of parents or guardians anticipated ... Another part of many projects that I have not explained is the self-evaluation a student is supposed to have completed when he/she hands his/her work to the teacher! I'm saving that one for another post!!

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