Monday, May 24, 2010

Independent Study

Rehm and Charlotte both had to do Independent Study this year for school.  Rehm's class had each student pick a country to research.  Charlotte's class had each student make up a bug to do a model of and write a book about the bug.

Once again, Rehm procrastinated (I wonder where he gets that from?) until the last minute and I thought I was going to do him bodily harm before it was all said and done.  But just like last year he pulled it all together at the last minute and had an awesome presentation - his board could have been much neater and more detailed but I refused to make suggestions or help unless asked this year.

Rehm is such a natural public speaker.  He did a 20 minute presentation on Italy.  He was an italian chef and explained how Italy was a pizza, where each ingredient represented a different part of Italy - the geography was the crust, the sauce was the government, etc.  He had great audience participation and while his facts could have been more in depth he really did do a great job.

Unfortunately, he has still to learn the value of planning and actually doing the four month project over four months instead of two weekends.  His excuse this year was that he was a "slow typer ."  I tried to explain to him that he actually had to open a word processing program and have something he wanted to type before his typing skills were the problem.  His real problem is doing the actual work and producing actual work product is boring to him as it does not involve playing video games.  He is great at reading the information and presenting it but I can not get him motivated to actually turn that research into tangible results.  I guess that will come, or there will be two weeks every year that I want to wring his neck while he complains about losing privileges while getting his project done.

Charlotte's project turned out adorably.  She did all of her work at school.  She did a wonderful job presenting about her bug LeeLee.  She is also a great public speaker.  I just love the story she wrote about LeeLee.  Hopefully, she will learn the value of planning and I won't have two children driving me crazy every spring.