Have you ever ever encountered a parent who thinks that their child is so helpless that they are always trying to do the child’s work for them? I’m dealing with one in my class right now. But I didn’t realize that it seems o be a growing problem until last week. A fellow teacher at my school and I were chatting, and she shared her experience with me; she gave her students an assignment in which they had to create a report about wetlands in the country, providing pictures and information and so on. She also provided a rubric.
When it was time for the students to present their reports, a funny thing happened. The students with the most beautiful, detailed, well-crafted reports got lower marks than the students whose reports did not look as impressive. Why? Because the teacher was wise enough to ‘interview’ each student about their assignment – How was the information gathered? What is a wetland? Name two examples of wetlands in… – Based on their answers, she was able to determine which students really knew their stuff. Apparently, some parents have a tendency to want to ‘take over’ the child’s assignment and they do not realize that it is the child that really needs to do their own work in order to really learn.