Why do some teachers/schools feel it necessary to assign assignments/projects that are "Creative"
Holy shit!!! This month my 12 year old, highly gifted, yet not too creatively inclined son has to do a paper doll chain for his Outside Reading Project and then include a bunch of IMHO low level information about the characters in his book.
The students are allowed to choose their own titles as long as they fall within a certain genre... This month was Science Fiction...
DS chose to read Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" An excellent book. However, it's a bunch of short stories and no one central main character!
No alternate assignment given...
I'm a teacher... I teach Language Arts/English same grade, different school and I would never make an assignment like this. This is a school wide grade level assignment for all 7th graders.
What the F*&k ever happened to just doing a traditional book report???
PS: I have never in my life made a paper doll chain, don't even know how... but that's beside the point.
I have no problem with the mountains of Algebra homework he brings home... I get that doing problems over and over will help solidify the concept.
But paper freaking dolls for an English class... Just stupid!
Try Youtube for a paper doll tutorial
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Do you mean he printed out six templates?
I even emailed the 7th grade science teacher when he made the kids build some sort of 1960's era spacecraft. I said While I appreciate your efforts to help the kids understand the progress of technology at the time, I spent an inordinate amount of time building this Apollo Craft this weekend, and I hope I get an A. The teacher gave my son an A, and thought it was funny, when my daughter had him 2 years later, he had switched up the assignment to more research based stuff.
This year my Freshman has to participate in a county wide science fair, it's not an option, but mandatory for honors science, of course we are doing something with the bees, but it takes a ton of time, and work, and when my son did it he won all kinds of awards, and the teacher still gave him a B. GRRRRRR....
I'm glad there are others who feel my pain.
Part of why I feel it's so silly is because not all kids are creative minded... I think, and I know this would be a pain for teachers ('cause I is one), that there should be a choice of assignments... say one that is academic/writing/research based, one that is creative and one that is creative in a different way.
As any educator knows students have different learning modalities... My son understands the content but can't express himself creatively. He shouldn't be pigeon holed into just one type of assignment. No one's child should be.
However, through participating in several of the projects, she has tapped into skills that she didn't know she had, and she's enjoying it! She's actually changed her focus now, and is open to a greater variety of things than she was before.
My point is, you never know...school is the time for exploration into things you may 'not be good at'.
My son understands the content but can't express himself creatively.