Homework has Changed

Mon, Wed and Friday this week are school days.
Tues and Thurs at home days with additional work to be done.
Tues I receive a text from T telling me that he:
a) does not understand the homework
b) cannot email his teacher as he did not have his Chromebook.
I wanted to know where the Chromebook was.
He had left it at home and I saw him leave without it.
Responded with he is a big boy and I am not responsible for ensuring he has what he needs.
I got back a grumpy I know but I can’t do this.
Told him that we would look at it when he arrived home.
As I was not working Wednesday I could stay up and help with the homework.
He arrives home and hauls out his red folder.
First up: Patterns (Math)
There is a pyramid with numbers in the bottom corners/blanks and one must figure out the numbers.
I admit I looked over it for about 30 seconds or so before my brain made the connection.
No matter what way I explained it T could not understand what I was doing.
Finally though I think that he understood.
Main problem he had: No one said it was math mom!
I chuckled a little and told him this was something we would have to work on.
Next Up: Root Words (ELA)
He was given roots i.e. graph/gram and had to find the words or the meaning.
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I asked if he was suppose to be looking up the root meanings?
IDK is the most common line of response.
As we are going along he is beginning to understand.
Each answer must contain the ‘root’ word.
We get to -dict-
I cannot remember the first word but the meaning of the second word:
To say or command something forcefully.
First word to pop into my head: Edict
T looks at me as if I am making up words.
I told him that his teacher was going to know that I was helping him with his homework.
T laughed and said she should be able to figure out that I helped him with everything.
We did get through all 4 pages of work and were thrilled until T turned to the last page.
He was suppose to write a paper or something on the quote:
No one has the power to destroy your dreams unless you give it to them.
Agree/Disagree.
T says he disagrees but what did I think?
I said I agree.
He said so do I then.
I asked why?
He said I am just going to pretend that I did not see this page.
I could not fault him with that one.
It was 10:30 and I was not about to read and edit his work.
Told him he could do it in the morning.
Needless to say the paper did not get written yesterday a.m. before school.
Whether he has written it or not I am unsure.
I will have to assume I will either receive an email if he has not or he has done so and I can forget about it.
I am not sure about this additional task to add to my day.
I work 40 hours a week.
I am mom 24/7.
I am a chauffeur.
Chief Cook & Bottle Washer.
Maid service.
Cheerleader.
And now…..teacher.
One thing though as teacher I am not going to include learning on my own behalf.
If the ‘new’ math does not work for me I will be using ‘old’ math.
You know the one that was around for hundreds of years.
That no one had any issue with until-well-could someone please explain to me what the hell the point of new math is?
T does math in his head.
Like his mother.
Like his father.
We do not show our work with words.
We do show our work with numbers.
If the answer is the same who the heck cares how you got there as long as you got there.
Math is hard enough as it is why make it harder?
Have a totally awesome Thursday lovies.
©Nov. 19/20
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Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

A single hard working mom of a soon to be teenage son. A poet and story teller I have wanted to write since I was a child. This space is where I share stories about myself and my life and the creative poetry that stirs my soul. My hope is you will pull up a chair and a cup of coffee delving into the world that I offer and you find simple enjoyment for a few moments. Welcome to The Wonderful & Wacky World of One Single Mom

7 thoughts on “Homework has Changed”

  1. It has always annoyed me somewhat that North Americans shorten mathematics to math when it ‘should be’ maths….although in reality it’s far more important to have fun with numbers than to worry about such trivia and I always quite enjoyed those missing number triangles (and Dairylea cheese triangles come to that😋)….should that be ‘triangle’ or am I just being obtuse🤔. I say poh-tay-toe, you say poh-tah-toe, either way – hope you have a braw day. [Braw (Scots) = Good).

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    1. Lol good morning. I actually know that braw means good.you used it once on a poem I had written and I looked it up. The whole homework remote learning situation is just a miserable ball of wax. Working hard to keep my chin up. And this is only week 2. We are going into stronger lockdown with an attempt to minimize the amount of shopping that will get done. It is working kinda but not really. Will see what today and tomorrow will bring for us. Some of the restrictions such as not selling floral will back fire because with all the deaths people are sending baskets and arrangements. It is just one hell of a screwed up situation. But maths (just for you) is not going to get me down. Have a fabulous Friday

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      1. Chuckling….thank you for the maths….I live 250m from the local authority area that my parents and sibling reside in yet come 18.00 tonight it becomes an offence for me to enter that area unless going to work or shopping for something not available locally. Is crazy and frustrating especially since I live on an archipelago and as such we could have saved thousands of lives and billions of pounds IF our UK parliament had done the same as New Zealand or Taiwan and closed our borders right at the start (or even at anytime subsequently) and introduced proper quarantine for any arrivals. My weekend started last night……I’m off for a daunder in the smirr. Stay safe. 👋

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    1. Tember says I am being mean lol because now he has to practise his hand printing. They will get what I can give and if there are arguments the school will have to explain to me what the hell new math is all about.

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree with you on this, every parent has been expected to step up and become a teacher to their children during Covid. Now, I understand that supervision is required to cajole said child into sitting and doing schoolwork while at home. But, how on earth can parents be expected to just step up to the plate with little or no prior knowledge of how to teach on an academic level? Most parents are so busy just doing as you listed, being a parent and all that entails, it is grossly unfair to expect them to magically produce 6 extra hours in their day where they can deliver the school curriculum sufficiently well to educate their child. Teachers are trained, and study for a good few years before they ever step into a classroom, and if your education system is anything like ours in the UK, all they are really doing is delivering a pre-designed worksheet that they have already been provided the answers to! You as a parent don’t have the availability of that sheet or the explanation of how to work it all out.
    I know all this because I am currently helping my friend home ed. her 10 year old daughter, who is struggling with Math and English, Science and Geography! Oh and Art let’s not forget art, because as a parent all we really want to be doing at 5pm in the evening is sitting at the kitchen table for an hour, making silly masks with straws and paint and paper plates and string, instead of cooking the evening meal and catching up on all the housework that got left because our child wouldn’t let us leave their side all day because they did not understand the questions they were being asked because they could barely understand the words that had been used to ask the question! Makes me wonder what the teachers have actually been teaching them all this time!
    Not to mention, the dismay from the teacher when you cannot send the work in to them electronically by the allocated time of 3pm because their system has a glitch and of course you were supposed to have understood that and found a way around it! Bah!
    Sorry lil Sis, I’m a tad stressed out today, I am being all things to all people again at the moment and it’s wearing a little thin!
    T will get where he needs to be with his Math, old or new way doesn’t matter, it’s the answer and as long as it’s correct, as you say, who gives a damn how he got there!
    Much love lil Sis 💖💖💖

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    1. Deep breaths big sis. And there is a mountain of comedy waiting once your phone is charged. Once you read the first one the second will cement that Tember is me in make form. The world is in for big trouble I tell you. I understand stressed. Things are getting stricter here too

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