I'm not a teacher, but here is a bump, because I want to see some of the replies.
Not a teacher, but would love to see the answers. This always pisses me off. I hate projects. My dh loves when he kids get them. Obviously when they are younger, we help out more, but it is all their ideas. My 5th grader just finished a project last week and seeing the others in the hall was so annoying! They had to create a scene from a tribe they chose. Made out of all natural things (stones, sticks, dirt, mud, pine needles...you get the idea) The only thing store bought could be clay to make the people and animals. We followed directions, but clearly most everyone else did not! You could tell parents did most of them and tons of store bought stuff. Pisses me off. Wondering what those grades will be not following directions. By the look on my sons face, you could tell he was thinking the others were better. But they weren't. He did an awesome job, dh helped with little bits...threw in some ideas. But his was awesome and we followed the directions!
I know when a parent has done the work. It does effect the student's grade and I do speak to the parents about it. Now the outcome of the project is just as important as the process. We want to see how the child thinks and executes an assignment. Demonstrates critical thinking and all that....
Not a teacher but. when my son was in 3rd grade we moved to a new school. he had been in the school about 2 days before mid winter recess. the teacher gave a project to do over the break. It was a missing persons poster and they had to pick someone famous and and make the poster without naming names and see if kids could guess who it was. On the paper the teacher gave out there were lots of instructions and it seemed to stress the picture being "good". my son panicked and went to dh to help out. He pretty much drew it himself my son just colored it in. He had the wright brothers and my dh is a really good artist. Well when he back to school the teacher asked him who did it mommy or daddy. He said daddy. The teacher told him daddy gets an A+ but she wants to see his work. And sent him home that afternoon to re do it. He re did it himself and she told him it was really good and she hung it up.
My dd who was also in the 3rd grade just with a different teacher. she showed up in school with daddys artwork. . The teacher told her "mom is a good artist" and my dd corrected her and said nope daddy is. She hung up the poster and never required her to do her own.
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