Thursday, October 27, 2016

Being "THAT" Mom

My kids quarter grade report cards came in earlier this month. I was very happy with their grades but was shocked to see that my oldest daughter's lowest grade was in Art. It's weird because it is an art class and should be a fairly easy grade and my daughter LOVES art. Of course I asked her why, she told me her the class was boring and she didn't like it. Her friends in class were backing up her story.

Now, not that I don't believe my daughter, but I needed both sides of the story, so I set up a day with the teacher to sit on on the class. After sitting there for the 2 hour class I had to agree with the kids, the class was SO BORING!

For the first hour and a half was spent on 2 short videos and filling in a worksheet. They watched each video twice through. I have to admit, it was 1st period and I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open. As I sat there I took notes, notes for the big parenting lecture I was going to give my daughter.

The bottom line was that, yes the class was boring, yes there are much more interactive and fun way to teach art, but tough cookies. Not everything in life is going to be fun and exciting. Not everything in life will be catered to her likes and interests. The class topic was color as a element of art. The teacher was teaching on the subject so there was no grounds for me to complain to the school.

This was a life lesson for my junio higher, but I do hope that the next time she takes art the teacher is fun and creative. Or even better, if she grows up to be a teacher she is fun and creative.

1 comment:

  1. I'm totally that mom too. My son's teacher gives homework, while one of his friend's teacher doesn't. The homework my son gets is, to me, total busy work. There have been many parent meetings at his school about homework since studies have shown that it doesn't affect their academic performance. While the principal has said that we can have our kids opt out, I still make my son do it, even though I think it is a waste of time. Sometimes, we have to do things that we don't like or don't want to do. I will teach him as he gets older that there are things he can stand for, but first, the lesson is, life isn't always fun and we have to do things we don't like.


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