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jrc1963
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Angry  Posted: 9:34 AM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

DS's school assignment for Language Arts/English this month.

Why do some teachers/schools feel it necessary to assign assignments/projects that are "Creative"

Holy shit!!! This month my 12 year old, highly gifted, yet not too creatively inclined son has to do a paper doll chain for his Outside Reading Project and then include a bunch of IMHO low level information about the characters in his book.

The students are allowed to choose their own titles as long as they fall within a certain genre... This month was Science Fiction...

DS chose to read Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" An excellent book. However, it's a bunch of short stories and no one central main character!

No alternate assignment given...

I'm a teacher... I teach Language Arts/English same grade, different school and I would never make an assignment like this. This is a school wide grade level assignment for all 7th graders.

What the F*&k ever happened to just doing a traditional book report???

PS: I have never in my life made a paper doll chain, don't even know how... but that's beside the point.


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Default  Posted: 10:40 AM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I hear you.
The kids bring home ridiculous amounts of projects that require a ridiculous amount of work. I understand them having homework..but I also think they should get a break from school when they aren't at school!
I homeschool my 14yro, and my autistic 10yro, and the other kids go to school, so it feels like a revolving door of projects in this house..lol.


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 11:11 AM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks L & P...

I have no problem with the mountains of Algebra homework he brings home... I get that doing problems over and over will help solidify the concept.

But paper freaking dolls for an English class... Just stupid!


Me: BSO - 45
Him: FWSO - 68
DS - 12
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
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happenedtome
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Default  Posted: 11:19 AM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

This "creative" assignment is just busy work in my opinion. And so typical of the school experience in my county. The teachers are so busy they don't have time to read book reports, so instead assign crafts for the students to prove they read the book. Such a waste of the student's time which would be better spent working on writing skills, critical thinking, etc. What a load of crap.

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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 11:28 AM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Yes... Fat Load of Crap!


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Default  Posted: 12:22 PM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My dd had knee surgery and missed a few weeks of school. She was a high honors student, so I was not worried at all that she could make up all the work. Her ELA teacher sent home a poster project - she had to read Of Mice & Men and do a poster. UGH! Seriously, she did the reading, but with all the other class work and recovery from surgery & seemingly endless PT appts and home exercise, could she have not just skipped the stupid poster part of the work. It added absolutely nothing to her learning. So I feel your pain!

Try Youtube for a paper doll tutorial


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 12:32 PM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I printed out six templates of paper dolls and he can staple those suckers together!


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DS - 12
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R - he finally came home
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Default  Posted: 12:59 PM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Do you mean he printed out six templates?


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Default  Posted: 1:42 PM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


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Default  Posted: 1:46 PM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Why not ask her why?


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 2:53 PM, December 1st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Do you mean he printed out six templates?

Yes... Yes... Of course, that's what I mean!


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DS - 12
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Default  Posted: 8:34 AM, December 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I totally get where you are coming from, and I found this to be a much worse problem with teachers that don't have kids. I would often tell them when the kids were still in elementary school, hey listen, I understaned that you want them to get more out of this book than others, or you have mandated things you have to make them do, but in all honesty, this becomes a project for the parents. It is kinda silly.

I even emailed the 7th grade science teacher when he made the kids build some sort of 1960's era spacecraft. I said While I appreciate your efforts to help the kids understand the progress of technology at the time, I spent an inordinate amount of time building this Apollo Craft this weekend, and I hope I get an A. The teacher gave my son an A, and thought it was funny, when my daughter had him 2 years later, he had switched up the assignment to more research based stuff.

This year my Freshman has to participate in a county wide science fair, it's not an option, but mandatory for honors science, of course we are doing something with the bees, but it takes a ton of time, and work, and when my son did it he won all kinds of awards, and the teacher still gave him a B. GRRRRRR....


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 7:46 PM, December 2nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks TushNurse...

I'm glad there are others who feel my pain.

Part of why I feel it's so silly is because not all kids are creative minded... I think, and I know this would be a pain for teachers ('cause I is one), that there should be a choice of assignments... say one that is academic/writing/research based, one that is creative and one that is creative in a different way.

As any educator knows students have different learning modalities... My son understands the content but can't express himself creatively. He shouldn't be pigeon holed into just one type of assignment. No one's child should be.


Me: BSO - 45
Him: FWSO - 68
DS - 12
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
Your life is an Occasion. Rise to it. - Mr. Magorium, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"

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Default  Posted: 6:10 AM, December 3rd (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My DD is interning for a woman with a business that promotes, markets, etc., artists and different types of companies and businesses. She was nervous about the creative stuff, telling me she is not good at that aspect of it and she's not going into that part of her major as a career so it was frustrating to have to participate in these activities.

However, through participating in several of the projects, she has tapped into skills that she didn't know she had, and she's enjoying it! She's actually changed her focus now, and is open to a greater variety of things than she was before.

My point is, you never know...school is the time for exploration into things you may 'not be good at'.


My son understands the content but can't express himself creatively.
Maybe by going outside of his comfort zone he will learn that he does have skills or talents he didn't think he had. Either way he can learn from the experience.


Take up your space (and do it well).

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