I just couldn't do it. I've been telling myself to let my son fail and he will learn. But, I couldn't do it. Not because I'm soft. It's because I know he has it in him to do better. He's just being lazy.
So, he has to turn in all his notes tomorrow for his research project. He has to show his sources (with citation) and notes. The notes were suppose to be hand written, but he types them. I'd be a little irritated if she marks him off for that. She should be happy, he has terrible handwriting. But, I digress. He was suppose to summarize all his notes for each source.
So, I asked to see them (I've been checking his work since his language arts teacher has been getting on him about incomplete sentances). Yeah, every sentance in every summary (7 sources, 7 summaries) started out with "Like". And, every paragraph is suppose to have 7 sentances (I hate this requirement). He had at most 3 sentances. All started with "like" and all said the same thing.
I looked at him (a bit irritated knowing he was going to get mad because I was about to make him do it over) and said "dude, I start every sentance out of my mouth with DUDE. But, I never start a sentance in my reports/research with the word DUDE and you shouldn't start every sentance with the word LIKE". I've told him this before, but I think he thought I wasn't going to check (or hoping).
So, we sat there and I showed him how to develop his thought process, keep his paragraphs parallel (I'm a little surprised the teachers have not taught them parallel writing), don't start with like, but, or because. I could go on.
low and behold, two hours later, he was laughing and proud of himself
at how much better his paper was. I made him read the original summary
and the new summary and asked him if it was better. I think he thought
he now sounds like all those scientist on the Science Channel. I also
showed him how to pick out key points from his notes to talk to the
judges at the science fair about. Connect the information with personal
stories to make the information relatable (one of his earthquakes
happened on my birthday in 1989).
So, this long story only to say, my family are a bunch of nerds!!!! Waiting to win a trip to CERN.