Homework . . . ugh. I mean, I know, I know, I get it, homework is important. Home school connection and all that. I hear you. I do. But . . . ugh! I tend to use packets that I have used in the past but inevitably, something changes, something moves from this week to that week or this skill was
Well . . . okay, you caught me. Not exactly. I tell them that I just do NOT care if their child does homework or not.
All right, all right. I'm somewhere in the middle!!! And truthfully, we are BUDGETED on our clicks. Clicks, you ask? Yes. That was new to me, too, when I was hired at my school. Clicks = copies. It's a BALANCED EQUATION. Huh! Who would have thought? So we are BUDGETED. And I have a secret passcode to get the machines to work. And sometimes, that secret passcode betrays me and the machine says that I have reached my maximum. You do NOT want to be in the copy room with me when of the machines says that.
So I have to be careful about my copies. Obviously. So I tell parents to use the packet as a guide. Differentiate within the packet. More or less, extra or half, or whatever. This is THE packet. I can't make 31 different packets. I just can't. I mean, I could, but when would I have time for The Bachelor Pad or all of you lovely ladies? Seriously. I mean that.
And then, today happened. Yes, today. A TERRIFIC day with my kiddos! I often find myself thanking God for them all throughout the day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this class. But one of the parents
Well, can't you guess what I did??
Nooooo, I did NOT run the other way. Honestly! :)
I smiled really big. I tilted my head to the side. I RE-explained (yes, said parent was at Parent Information Night but must have been laughing hilariously at something I had said previously and didn't catch my "budgeted on clicks" news) that I would LOVE to make her daughter a special, challenging, super duper hard, looks like college prep work packet, but I have a click issue. CLICK CLICK.
And THEN, I whipped out my homework extension ideas for her. WAAA LAAA! Or however you spell that. How about TA - DA!? Click the pic to grab it if you want it.
Oh, the parent was so pleased. Pleased as punch. I said I couldn't WAIT to see each idea implemented and could I please use one of her activities as an example in the future??? And no, I don't just give one of these to every single parent because 1) lots of parents don't want extra homework and 2) I'm budgeted on my clicks!
Yes! That last thing on the sheet says Independent Study Projects! Thanks for asking! I will show all of you what that's about tomorrow. I will keep you in suspense. :)
To tell you the truth, I have to go now because I have to watch The Rachel Zoe Project!!!!!!!!!! It premieres tonight! And I think I am going to eat a butterfinger while I watch.
So I will get the Independent Study Projects organized and up to date for you by tomorrow.
PS I just caught up on all of YOUR blogs and commented on lots and lots! Love all of the new ideas I am getting.