Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Not Going Anywhere
The big internet issue has been resolved, but the new company is waaaaay sloooower than the old company, so I'm feeling my way along with this new normal. Ah well...
Last week was the penultimate week of school, which can be an odd time at the continuation high school. The kiddos are either frantically trying to get those last couple credits finished, or they've given up for the year.
So, rather than fight this, Mr. M gave them a project to work on. They were to plan a backpacking trip through Europe. 14 days. 5 cities. Everything else was open to their choices. They could choose which cities, how long to stay in each city, and what they wanted to do there. And they needed to figure out how much it would cost.
They were to submit (online) a Google map with their cities marked. They had to do a write up of what they'd see. It would entail a lot of research online (and not a lot of lecture from the teacher).
Cool assignment, right?
Mr. M warned me some weren't doing it. Which is normal for the continuation high school.
One boy, who had done no work all period, claimed he was already done. (They had been working on it for a couple days already.)
Me: Okay, cool. Where are you going?
Boy: To Europe.
Me: Yes, I know. Which five cities did you choose?
Boy: Ones in Europe.
Me: Which ones?
Boy: Um... France.
On the one hand, I wasn't surprised that he hadn't done the assignment. They frequently claim they're done when, in fact, they haven't even started. But I did expect a better bluff. I mean, can't you just name five random European cities off the top of your head?
This was a geography class... (Well, and world history, depending on the period.)
So, quiz time. In the comments, name five random European cities. I won't even ask you to list the five you'd visit if you were planning a trip.