Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Project

Isn't this a funny picture??   :)

The young man sprawled across our kitchen table is my son, Joe, who was up late last night working on a project for his Honors Biology class.

He could choose any disease or disorder to research, and he chose COPD, because his grandmother (my MIL) suffers from that condition and he wanted to learn more about it.

Here is his finished project board.  I thought he did a great job!   In fact, I was down right impressed!!

You are probably thinking that your son or daughter could create an even better project and you are wondering why I'm even posting about this!
Well, this is why -- this was not a required assignment.  This was an optional, extra-credit project.  Joe has a 96 average in this class.  He doesn't really need extra credit.  Being the fifth born child, he is definitely  not afflicted with classic first-born over-achiever syndrome either!  :)  So, I was pretty surprised that he chose to spend several hours working on this extra-credit assignment.

Interestingly, he observed that most of the students who complete extra credit assignments are not those who really need it to pull up their grades, but those who already have a good grade in the class and just want to do better.  Always on the look-out for a "teachable moment," I, of course, gave a stirring speech about how it all boils down to character.  Most students who are too lazy to do their homework and study for tests, are too lazy to do extra work for extra credit.   Yes, it all comes down to Character.


Rebecca's Refining said...

You are right...everything always comes down to character! I am so glad he doesn't struggle with laziness in his work. Unfortunately, I have a few that do, and again unfortunately, it is about the heart and character (or a lack of it).
He did a great job!! :) "Kuddos" to Joe for a job well done! Anytime he wants to come and spread of that character quality around....he is welcome anytime...and the sooner the better!! :)

mommyx12 said...

That is so cool. Great job on that. My brain is spinning right now with ideas.

Noel said...

Way to train them up, Mom :) You've done a great job, it's so good to see a young man engrossed in a worthwhile project!

Kristi Lea said...

What a fantastic project! He did a wonderful job...I would be proud of that too! Those kind of things aren't as easy as they look, and especially for boys who tend to overlook detail on most everything.

I was the same way in school as what he noticed about other kids...I had a 4.0 GPA and was still always doing extra credit. I carried a 106% in Algebra. Everyone thought it was silly then, but now that I have to teach it to my own children, it's not so silly is it?!

tlmalcolm said...

Way to go Joe! And I bet he learned alot from his project because he was interested in it!! Eric always hated homework because it was boring busy work but he thrived on extra credit projects that he had more control over and could choose a subject he was interested in. He never understood why a teacher would assign 50 math problem that covered the same concept if he knew how to do two of them he knew how to do the rest! It isn't always laziness but lack of interest that often causes even smart students to not "play the game" that is required in school. I always played the game...thus I made excellent grades. But my kids were not like that. Schools need to challenge those types of students as well. We need to provide students with more opportunities to think out of the box. Inventions and other great technologies were not made by people not allowed to explore.

busymomof10 said...

Well, Rebecca, I don't want to give the wrong impression here! While Joe is not exactly lazy, he is very laid back about everything, school work included!

And, Kristilea, you are so right about detail work being harder for boys! Most of my boys have really struggled with making neat and appealing visual presentations. Maybe that is one reason I was so impressed with Joe's efforts!

Terri, thanks for introducing another perspective. I couldn't agree with you more! Joe is not so keen on the busy work either. And your final statement was truly a gold nugget -- time and freedom to explore and pursue one's interests is definitely one of the strengths of homeschooling! ;-)

Donna G. said...

He did amazing work, especially considering it's for extra credit! My kids didn't read the book about birth order tendencies. They're all out of whack.

Anonymous said...

Yay, Joe!!! Great job!!! Elizabeth, I think all those years of making lapbooks had a lot to do with this wonderful project :)

Sonya H.

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