Thoughts on Summer projects & projects

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Thoughts on Summer projects & projects
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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 7:22am

in general. Over the summer my dd had a US History poster to do on a famous american, that was due the 2nd. day of school. ELA, out of a list of 6 books she had to read 2 & she took an AR test on 1 & write a 5 paragraph essay on the other or do an oral report. Science, very detailed natural castrophie scrapbook,events occuring during June 25th & Sept. 1st. Points off for historical events used. Since we didn't have enough during that time period it got extended to end of Sept. & can now use historical along w/current.



She'ds been back in school 2 weeks & she has another US History project they're working on that is to be made into a tour guide book. Monuments & memorials in Washington DC. he wants size, materials, cost design etc. what it symbolizes, what traditions developed at this memorial/monument how the person or event effect US Govt. or history, signigance to american history., history of the times this commemorates, purpose event it helps us to remember.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 11:01pm

Meredith had to read two books:



John Steinbeck's "Travel's with Charley" and Charles Dickins

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:15am

That is very over the top. Did they have to drop this stuff off to the school or mail it in? All that work just isn't fair, its suppose to be vacation time. key word is vacation. I don't mind reading but I think that they should be assigned 1 book & then maybe discuss that book the 1st week of school as a warm up to the yr.



I wonder how many teachers work on school related stuff all summer.

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 10:42am
I think how they did it for Gabby's history was sort of ok.However,to assign them 3 500 page plus depressing hard to read books then have them pick a book out of a hate and take a genneric test of it was kind of silly.Then to find out the teacher only read one of the books on the list was very annoying.Granted the teacher was new to honors history since the other teacher retired.However,she had the whole summer to read the books and if you think it is important enough to ask the kids to read these books,you should read them yourself.Gabby still did not get back her English papers yet and they are 3 weeks into the school year.

 

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 12:11pm

I think if so much summer work is needed then the schools really need to evaluate the length of the school year...even my kids think the break for summer is too long. i wish mre schools would adopt the year-round model...the number of school days is the same, just more shorter breaks.


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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 2:25pm
My daughter actually did well on most of the projects because she is very creative.However,not sure how much she learned,but the teachers always loved her projects because they were so creative and different.I HATED projects.Since Gabby always had a vision as to what the project had to look like and if it did not....Not really sure we'd like a year round calander since we live in a cooler climate and it is nice to have off in the summer and do outdoor stuff.

 

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:28pm

My kids never had projects in Jr High, but in HS, dd has had several like that.

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:54pm

They could drop off the work, or mail it in.
We drove in to school each time and dropped it off.



It was somewhat annoying to have a lot of our summer revolving around her having to get this done.

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 8:44am
Wow! Those projects are really over the top. You wonder if teacher stop to think about how much money and time has to go into those! None of our projects have required any materials like that--looks like we're lucky.
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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:25pm

I have actually never heard of any school assigning projects over the summer except for summer reading. DS is in 9th grade & he had to read 2 books over the summer--one from the list & one could be any book he choose. They had to fill out a form for each book, but they are basically graded pass/fail. I always remind him that I had to read 6 books over the summer when I was in high school. He also used to get a math worksheet packet but not this year.

My DD always did well in projects because she was very creative & artistic so they would always look great. DS hates to do projects--he's a smart kid & gets A's but he doesn't like to put the effort into doing those kind of things & he's not artistic. It seems kind of unfair to me in a way that if you're doing a project for history, as opposed to art, it still has to look artistic. My DD's favorite project in high school, which I assume DS will get this year in English is that they have to create their own magazine and do articles, interviews, etc. She did kind of a teen/fashion one which I think we still have.

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 1:33pm
My daughter would love a project like that.I think it would annoy me though.Gabby did do an autobiograph project last year that was a year long project.The teacher loved jers and she wanted to keep it,but I wanted the project because basically it was Gabby in 8th grade,her writings her likes and dislikes her creativaty.Plus by the time we were finished at the craft store....I will keep that project foreve.I LOVE it.

 

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