I enjoy assigning projects, especially creative ones. Today, the students had to read a poem about themselves or prepare a slide show that showed “where they are from.” The creativity was amazing, and I will ask some of the kids to allow me to share them on this blog. I was very proud of the kids who encountered some problems and made decisions. They adapted, improvised, and overcame!
Of course, projects bring out creative excuses too. I had several students tell me that the slide show website (Photopeach.com) would not save. (It saved automatically for me and every other student, so I am a little incredulous.) I had a few excuses of “I think I did it wrong.” My response, “Let me see it,” was met with another excuse, “I left it at home.” And today’s favorite excuse: “My brother burned it.” I can actually picture one of my sons doing that to his brother if I didn’t hide the matches in the gun safe.
Tomorrow, I will have the students who were not prepared write out their excuses. I plan to do this with every assignment with the hope that students will see the school work to be less work than the excuse making.
Well, I have papers to grade, emails to answer, and miles to go before I sleep. So, please excuse me as I say goodnight.