Sunday, June 14, 2009

Homework; To Give or Not To Give

I have been giving a great deal of thought to homework lately. I have now been teaching a long time and do not see any academic advantage to giving homework. When you think about it, the 'smart' kids or 'high-achievers' are going to finish their work before leaving the classroom (or at lunch!). On the other hand, the students who habitually do not do their homework, never will. Does it do either them or me good to keep them from socialising to complete it? I think it punishes me more. Therefore, I think that next year, I am going to make a conscious effort not to give much homework. Perhaps, if I create really meaningful assignments, it will miraculously appear in my inbox anyways! Besides, I don't think the parents know how to do it anymore!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Countdown Begins

I can't believe we only have 11 days of teaching left, if you can actually call it that! In those 11 days, one is activity day, one we're swimming at Spani Pool, one I'm taking the band and choirs to perform at Granville Island, one is talent show and one is the grade 8 leaving ceremony. Once again, this year has gone fast. Why is it that I never get done what I want to? There's so many things left to do. Oh, well; there's always next year.

That leads us into summer plans. I think some much needed rest will be happening at the cabin. It will be nice to sit on the deck or the dock (just change a vowel!) and watch the sun set. Oh; but wait! I think I need to work on SFU stuff while I'm there. Oh well; at least there's no internet! That leads me into August which might as well be September since I'm back to school for two weeks. The most difficult task of the summer will be keeping the teenager occupied and out of trouble. Luckily I have family to help.

So, next time I blog, hopefully it'll be about something mundane like sleeping instead of work!