Teachers all around wait for the holidays just like students, but I believe they have a different reason, a more sinister reason. I believe they plan their revenge for their holiday excitement. Revenge for all the kids who drive them crazy during the first weeks of school with their incessant talking, back talking, late assignments, crazy questions, and rudeness.
How do they do this? Over the holiday projects!! Oh, I hate them (projects... not the teachers)! Since Big Guy started school I have dreaded this part of the holidays. I dread opening his backpack and seeing the words "Project Due Date" at the top of the page.
Wednesday Big Guy has to recite "The Pilgrim's Came" for a major test grade in his history class. Maybe I am being petty, but when I was in school we had to memorize "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, The Preamble to the Constitution and The Gettysburg Address. Those things seem a little bit more relevant and educational to me, but that is just me.
As of right now, Big Guy has two major projects that are due as soon as we come back from the Thanksgiving holidays. Get that? They were assigned to be worked on during the Thanksgiving holidays. As if I want to do think about or encourage my boys to do homework over the break.
The other thing that drives me crazy? If they are going to assign a project, I think they should have a reason. A point. An educational purpose.
One of Big Guy's project to create a poster about dirt. The theme is "Dig It" and it is for the Hinds County Soil Conservation Project. They don't have to do any research on any particular theme. Just draw a poster that fits the theme. This is a MAJOR test grade. Why have they been assigned this project? Honestly? Because teachers who have a student with a winning posters will earn rewards and recognition for their classroom.
The other project is for Big Guy to create an autobiographical timeline including a writing and a timeline creation. This has to include milestones from their birth to present and predictions of their life through 2013. The purpose of this project? I have no idea, but whatever it is did it have to be done over Thanksgiving?
Maybe Scholastic Scribe can shed some light on this situation since she is a longtime teacher.
All I know is that parents want their Thanksgiving break too! Waaaahhhhhh!