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
skipped over saved for the following week or what have you. So! I don’t know if this is necessary to say, but I am RIGID. INFLEXIBLE. I stand up there at Parent information Night and I tell it like it is. Straight up. No sugar coating. THIS IS THE ONLY PACKET I WILL GIVE YOU.
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
stalked grabbed chased ran after caught me after school and wanted to know if I could give her child more of a challenging homework packet.
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.