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Old 07-06-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Reading and homework are a matter of course at my son's HS for all AP and some honors classes but the parents and the students are well aware of that when they sign up for the classes. I don't think it's right to assign the project in July.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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It's not really that odd. The new style of building Principal (and this is being taught in both traditional Administration classes and the various seminars promoted by people like Michelle Rhee) is to consider their teaching staff as interchangeable cogs in the wheel. It doesn't matter what the teacher is good in he/she is put in the schedule spot to fill a hole. That's all.

This will be the third year in a row I won't know what I'm teaching until the first day of pre-service in August. Fully 2/3 of the staff is in that position.

So, in many cases, summer work is assigned by a teacher who will not be teaching that class in the Fall. I know of one teacher on my staff that pertains to already, she gave out the assignment for her AP class and found out 2 days later she is going to an entirely different department (without any certification in the subjects). Some of the rest of the teachers won't be assigned until AP scores come in next week. And people wonder why I stopped teaching AP. And am so cynical.
In our particular district and many of the ones around us, it does not matter who is teaching what....the assignments are identical for each class level. For instance, if you are in AP English III then your summer assignment involves two specific books and a specific report/project. This applies to all the high schools in our district.

In 7th grade this past year for my daughter the entire 7th grade across the district had to read "Truesight" and had to do comparisons in each chapter. We knew the exact book and had the assignment specifics in hand the last week of school during 6th grade. It was due two exactly 2 weeks after school began. If the student lost the info it could be found on the district website, the school website and the website of any teacher teaching that subject in the school (6th - 8th).

It is not a teacher by teacher assignment.

I have two other daughters who are teachers and it is the same in their districts. I have friends with middle/high school aged kids in 4 separate school districts who all have the same situation as well.

So, that is why it is odd to me.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Your system sounds organized, mine is not except for the MD required High School Assessments. There are system-wide assignments for those at Christmas and Easter.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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Reading and homework are a matter of course at my son's HS for all AP and some honors classes but the parents and the students are well aware of that when they sign up for the classes. I don't think it's right to assign the project in July.

This is my point----we could expect and accept extra assignments, but don't just drop it on a person mid-summer, without any warning it was even coming.

Many people already have made committments for that time, thinking they didn't have other obligations, then to have it dropped on them in the middle is just unacceptable!

Ok, I understand many teachers don't even know what class they're teaching until the day before school begins, but just realize you can't just screw another person's life around to fit yours.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Just as a note, professionally I think summer assignments are worthless.

Don't always blame the teacher, sometimes there is dysfunction higher up with different people issuing contrdictory directives or just the plain inability to make a decision, or to stick by a decision once it's made.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Look summer is almost half through. Just last week, we got an itty bitty card in the mail, almost went with the junk mail, telling her she needs to do a project and turn in the first day of school in the Fall. Like I say, we nearly overlooked it, and the timing is completely inconsiderate. Couldn't they have at least assigned it at the beginning of the summer so students could plan their time around it?
I would guess that it's the requirement for a specific teacher and a specific course, rather than department-wide. In this area, that would still leave two months to do the project. Presumably they have books and the internet in India, as well.
Or don't do it and take the consequences.
It's hard for me to be sympathetic, since we don't do spring or summer breaks when we're homeschooling.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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Reading and homework are a matter of course at my son's HS for all AP and some honors classes but the parents and the students are well aware of that when they sign up for the classes. I don't think it's right to assign the project in July.
I think it's poor planning. But I don't think it would wreck a summer.
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