Well, I might be smarter than the AVERAGE 7th grader, but I’m certainly not as smart as the 7th graders in Termite’s Honors Math Class who can graph liner equations quicker than I can say it.
Before I go any further with this tirade, though, I have some unfinished business. Community Coffee is after me to submit last week’s winner! Oops! By the way, Kim, you never claimed your prize from two weeks ago! So, here we go with the winner. There are 11 different commenters. I will ask The Captain to pick a number between 1 and 11. He picked Number 5! That would be Heather. Heather, did you go shopping at Community? Please email me with your choice today!
How in the world can I help Termite with his homework when he can’t even bring a textbook home? There is one text to serve the desk he sits in. That is where it reside–in the metal rack under the desk. So, I ask a big favor of the teacher. Can you please loan me a textbook so I can help him? NO! But she could burn me a CD which would have more information than the text.
I sent a blank CD. She burned it. My computer said it was made on a MAC and so my PC could not open it. Teacher swore it was burned on a PC. Please just let me borrow text. Heck, I’ll buy the **** book.
I can tell you all, having homeschooled all my kids, and now having one in 7th grade public school for the first time is as frustrating for him as it is for me. Nothing against all you wonderful teachers out there, okay?
This weekend was spent on a project that will comprise about 80% of his science grade this semester: Science Fair Project. I have to admit it was a good break from algebra helping him put together this project.
So, do people who play video games on a regular basis have faster reaction times than those won don’t? Common sense would answer that, but he proved it using scientific method and then graphed his results. It might not be a prize-winning project, but he managed to make it through. I only had to sit down and take my blood pressure once during the process.
That would be when the internet kept going out while he was trying to generate eleven of these graphs from a web site, and the color ink cartridge ran out while printing the graphs, at the same time someone was calling to rent the camp, while the guest at the camp was calling with a question, while another friend beeped in, and yet another friend was texting. All that was going on while The Captain (unasked by me) put my delicates in the dryer (EEK!) And if you are reading this, and you were any of those people, hopefully by now I’ve apologized to you for being so “short”. (Except the guy who called about renting the camp. He won’t take my calls now! And I can’t say I blame him.)
Now, I am getting ready to drive to town and deliver said project to the gym, where I’m sure I will find out that Termite forgot one important element and that the school would not let him call me, which will bring his “A” project down to a “B” project, and life goes on.
He’s learning that school is much harder than home school. He’s wishing now he had applied himself more at home when he had the chance. He does enjoy seeing his friends every day; but that does not make up for the amounts of homework he has when he gets home. With only 3 academic classes, 90 minutes each, I wonder why he even has homework. Seems like teachers could get the teaching done and the kids could get homework done in that amount of time.
But what do I know?
I’m just a little old bayou woman.
So bring forth your condolences, criticisms, encouragements, and advice. And your comments will provide the next Community Coffee winner!