The Best Project (And Teacher) Ever!

Hey. Yeah, I know, I know. I haven’t posted anything since Sunday. I can pretty much count the one person who is upset about this (Hey Tiff!). This week has been kind of crazy for us. For some standards, a normal week. But for us, crazy. I finished one class (another A, go me!), started another, worked, two choir concerts, homework, lessons, etc.

And Miss M had a time consuming math project that was due this week in the midst of all that. Which is what I want to talk about. It seems like every time I mention school here I’m always bitching about it. Nothing gets me fired up as much as when I feel like an injustice has been done to one of my children. Nothing. So, I tend to go off about it, as most do.

But, for once, I’d like to talk about something good. This math project. And specifically M’s math teacher. First of all, even though M is in Pre Ap Math, she struggles. If she’s going to have a B somewhere, this is the class. We are right brained as a whole. We like music. And art. And singing. And writing. And both girls (even the fourth grader), know better than to ask me for help with math. I’m sure tutors are in our future and will probably have to start looking for one as early as next year. And sorry M, I’m not finding you “a hot one,” as you requested. Geez.

Back to the teacher and project. I am in love with M’s math teacher. She asked for email addresses at the beginning of the year. She emails us about everything. Upcoming tests. Homework. Projects. Just to say thanks for helping our kids. Now, if your kids are younger and you’re thinking this sounds annoying, let me assure you, it’s not. Your children will stop talking to you. About anything important. Sure, they’ll recite the whole Super Mac 18 video they just watched. But anything important like, do you have a test? or, is all your homework done? , and you might get a grunt if you’re lucky. Since this teacher is so wonderfully awesome, and keeps us informed, I can now ask specific questions. Did you study for your test on measurements? Is your math vocabulary done? I may still get a grunt for an answer. But at least I get some kind of head shake along with it. Communication from teachers rocks.

Now to the project. I’m not going to get into the specific, because, MATH, duh. But what I know, is they had to find a recipe for a baked good and make it. Or, help their mom make it, because we all know how these things go. And they had to figure out how much the recipe would make, and then break it down into fractions and measurements or something. Who knows. I handled the baking part. Obviously. Trusted the kid that she knew what she was doing math wise. So they make their recipe, do the paperwork, then we were to individually package all the goods and the kids were going to have a bake sale at school.

Guess what they are doing with the money.

Do it. Guess.

Having a party? Nope.

Going on a field trip? Nope.

Buying fancy math learnin supplies? Nope.

They are adopting an Angel for Christmas. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

Between two classes of Pre Ap math they raised $628!

The bake sale was supposed to last three days. They sold out in two. In the five years of doing this, the teacher said the most they had ever made was $450.

In addition to all of this, she gave the kids another recipe that they have to figure something out about. I have no idea what, because AGAIN, MATH. But she is opening her home on Sunday afternoon for the kids to come over and help with the recipe and find out the answer. Then having a party for the kids on Monday (with her money I’m guessing) to celebrate the great job they did on the project.

I know not every teacher can be like this. I’m not delusional. I know there are some that are only there to get their paycheck, and have their summers off. But every once in a while, you get a really, really, good one.

And it restores your faith a bit.

Until the next stupid thing happens.