Homework

February 11, 2009 at 2:36 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

I broke my 30 day goal… I think it was probably too lofty of a goal with the amount of homework I have every night . Besides blogging would cut into my daily nap time.

So I’m jumping back on the blogging bandwagon. Maybe not everyday, but I am back.

I have some worthwhile thoughts floating around I’d like to give some attention to, but again that would cut into my daily nap time – a necessity that is non-negotiable right now!

We have a 3 day weekend coming up and I’m hoping to carve out some alone time for long overdue introspection. I’m looking forward to a few hours of just me, a cup of chai tea, deep thoughts and some Dean crooning in the background. Ah, sounds like heaven!

Some interesting tidbits for this blog…

A fellow teacher sent me a fun website today. We had a good laugh at some of the items in my 3rd period class. Check it out here… This is Why You’re Fat food creations

Also, I figured out how to make showing a clip from The Office relevant to my Foods classes. Sweet. Remember when Michael burned his foot on the GF grill b/c he makes bacon in his bedroom every morning? Check out that hilarious clip here…Office clip

On a more serious note, I have taken over the daily duty of correcting the 5th grade math homework. It is quite a task. You would think having a genius (her, not me đŸ™‚ would help, but a 5th grader is still a 5th grader.

The parental figures were doing a sub par job with the daily math. Even after correcting it most papers came back with 3-9 problems marked incorrect (the teacher’s grading criteria is a different story completely). Besides the fact that they haven’t looked at this stuff in decades, they wait until the end of 30 (yes that’s right, 30 long and tedious problems EVERY night) to pay attention to what’s happening.

It also seems that any madness that is going to ensue in the house that evening, including people constantly coming and going, occurs right at homework time.

So homework now occurs with myself and the resident 5th grader holed up in my room, away from the madness, reading and solving each problem. She does all the work, but I follow along so that if she makes a mistake or has a question we take care of it right away.

This strategy seems to be working, but the results will tell the real story. Last week my first night of take over came back with 2 problems incorrect. One of those was right, we forgot a hyphen.

My question for the teacher – what happened to partial credit – we’re in 5th grade. Guess that’s not the way she rolls…

I’ve become painfully reminded  of the fact that children have no concept of time. This is a beautiful thing, most of the time. When you’re staring down a 15 grid double sided page of math problems…not so much.

What could be easily accomplished in 15 minutes most often takes just under an hour to struggle through. It is agonizing, but at the same time, refreshing. It is a much needed reminder to stop struggling to get to the end and just enjoy the process.

Yes distractions arise and the pokey little puppy needs to be constantly refocused, but eventually we always get there. On a good night, when I’m engaged in the activity, the process is actually fun…laughs & teasing and a few jokes, occasionally with a thick cockney accent and a cup of tea thrown in for good measure.

Recently I stumbled upon this quote…

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. but there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. at last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. this perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. happiness is the way. so treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. happiness is a journey, not a destination.” ~Souza

With that I’m off to accomplish my grown-up teacher homework for the evening. With an episode of Lost in the background and a warm sleepy dog curled up next to me I’m ready to enjoy the process…

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