Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Respectful Appeal Heard (but Denied)

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?

Me: Sure.

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.

Me: Why?

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?


Amy said...

I have been told the SAME thing (the librarian comment) and I, too, would like to know just exactly what that means!

Laurie said...

I think it means a love for books, learning, and reading...and a desire to see others join in your love. :)

Laurie Lynn said...

Two thoughts your kids may be thinking.

1. Librarians love books and you love books so much that you go a little crazy trying to get us to love them and learn about all the stuff in them too. You'd be a good librarian lady.

2. Librarians just hand out books. They don't give you assignments and make sure you read each book in the big stack you check out. And they don't make you do book reports and stuff. If you could stop with the assignments, you'd be good at that too, Mrs. Z.

I say, "Rock on, Mrs. Z!!" (I mean "Teach on, Mrs. Z.!")