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the pointless tasks that teachers sometimes set!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by tartetatin, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    My 10 year old daughter has just started French at school. We're quite excited about this, as I'm MFL [​IMG]
    Her first homework was to decorate the first couple of pages of her French jotter (=exercise book, for anyone outside of Scotland!) with pictures/drawings of typically French things.
    I think most of her class just cut n pasted, but she really made an effort with it and carefully sketched wee pictures of the Eiffel tower, a bottle of Chanel, cheese, bottle of wine, flag, etc. She even looked up the word for jam, so that she could label the jar beside her croissant drawing! The end result looked good and quite 'arty', bless her.
    So what did the teacher ask her to do when she handed it in? Colour it in! So her wee sketches now look like shi.te because she has bright red wine in the bottle, bright yellow croissant, etc.
    I'm quite old fashioned and believe in just doing what the teacher says but really, what was the point?! [​IMG]
  2. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    not really wasn't sure what I expect anyone to say, btw. This certainly isn't a teacher bashing thread, just a chatty pondering one on trivial tasks!
  3. Well, I guess researching the culture of the country is a very valid exercise. And she wanted it to be cheerful and colourful!
    Really you are at fault for providing the poor mite with such a limited array of colouring pencils. I would have thought that any child of ten should own a burgundy pencil and one in croissant gold?
  4. Maybe the teacher thought they would look better with colour?
  5. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Och, I've maybe been too harsh. It just smacked of setting a task for the sake of it!
  6. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

  7. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Right on it, rusty! Money no object when it comes to accurate pastry and wine colouring.
    The Asda set I bought for her is already in the poubelle!
  8. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    As a general rule,
    Roughly translates as:
    "It's five to three and I've got nothing else to give you to do."

  9. lillipad

    lillipad New commenter

    This. I've done this before. Teehee.
  10. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    Oh dear! All my KS3 classes have been given homework to decorate the outside of their French book with "French" images.
    But I wouldn't dream of criticising their personalisation - if that is how they want their book to look, that is how they may have it!
  11. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    'colouring in' should be banned altogether. it's a relic from my primary school days in the 40s, a pointless time wasting exercise
  12. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    oh i dodnt know i used to find my kids used to like to colour in.even the pain in the rear ones........calms a savage beast sometimes lol
    As to the question....personally I would see the teacher and ask why they wanted what they did...
  13. learningyoghurt

    learningyoghurt New commenter

    *looks up from the carefully-inked cartoon of 1920s American cycle of prosperity that she is currently happily colouring in with her tongue sticking out of the corner of her mouth, even though it will be photocopied in black-and-white*
    Eh? [​IMG]

  14. chicabonita

    chicabonita New commenter

    Exactly what I was going to say!
    Mind you, colouring in is often a recipe for a happy, peaceful lesson. Especially on a Friday afternoon. Not to be underrated!
    (LY, I'm the same. Though less history focus and more like the OP's daughter, people in berets, croissants and the like...)
  15. Last year my son had a similar task with his German folder. So, he asked me if I had ever been to Germany, so he could use pictures of that town for his folder.
    As far as I know, his was the only folder decorated with pictures of an ex-SS tank regiments barracks, a really dodgy German nightclub called Hyde Park, a canal that we used to swim in, and a Police station I once spent the night sobering up in!
    Why aren't they just allowed to write "German" on the front?
  16. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Speaking from a Supply point of view my heart sinks when absent staff leave a big box of coloured pencils for their students to use, often in conjunction with some pointless one off never-to-be-marked 'design a poster' exercise.

    You end up spending the rest of the lesson dodging flying coloured pencils. Total **** pain.
  17. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    Speaking from a HoD point of view - I would have strong words with any member of my department who suggested meaningless "busy work" for a class in their absence: supply teachers are just that, not babysitters or crowd control!
  18. chicabonita

    chicabonita New commenter

    I know it's off topic, but you can't always know (or expect) that your class will be covered by a subject specialist- I've set meaningful work before which has been a waste of my time, as the person covering hasn't been able to deliver it. (That's not saying I no longer set meaningful work, btw!- just pointing out that sometimes, the cover you get isn't always anything but babysitting/crowd control [​IMG])
  19. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Hello everyone - thanks for your replies! [​IMG]
    I had no problem at all with the drawing task itself. It was a good idea and a nice introduction to her French jotter.
    Had she done solid line drawings (sorry for my puerile language, but I'm no artist!) then the colouring in would have looked okay, but because she 'sketched' the pictures, the colouring in ruined the appearance of what she'd set out to do. Does that make sense? I'm tired.
    Absolutely no big deal anyway. It was just task setting for task setting's sake ... and the pointlessness of it annoyed me a little. Her drawings were fine as they were!

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