Maps. Scripts. TV Shows. Character dress-up days. Will the projects never end? I pushed the students to finish all scheduled school projects before Christmas. They succeeded.
They got a long, generous break from Dec. 19th till Jan. 5th.
Yesterday was the 5th and the first thing I do when the kids plop into their seats after gym class is what? You guessed it. Issue another project due in a week.
Me: Okay, guys, take a look at this blue sheet. Your assignment is to do a decade poster for the
years 1910-1920. You have to display five main events or people, each with four historically important facts written in complete sentences, in 20 point font. Furthermore, you must find a creative way to use blue and white. The first part of the assignment--Woodrow Wilson's picture and facts--will be due tomorrow, war pictures Wednesday...Titanic Friday. The whole thing is due next Monday. Any questions?
Student 1: May I please make a respectful appeal?
Student 1: Can you please not give us a project the first day back to school? I'm pretty overwhelmed.
Me: Well, I appreciate your respect, but since you've all had a nice, long break with no homework of any kind, you should be well rested. I'm going to respectfully deny your appeal. Any other questions?
Student 1 again: Can you please not make it due for another week?
Me: Sure. It'll be due in a week.
Student 1: Thanks.
I don't know if his sigh was relief or exasperation with Project Lady. I'd like to think he felt he had an extra week by knowing the project isn't due for a whole week.
Same student said today during my art lecture on Pointillism: Mrs. Zubrowski, when you retire from teaching, you should be a librarian.
Him: Because you're just that kind of person.
Student 2: Yeah, you are. (Smiles.)
Okay, so what exactly does that mean, I wonder? Any guesses?