Since as long as I can remember I have been given the ridiculous homework of reading logs. Required reading logs and AR(accelerated reader) destroyed my sister, and many of my friends love of reading. AR requires you to reach a certain number of points you earn by reading books that have different point values, but because of this system being put in place when I was in jr. High it caused reading to turn from a joy to a hassle because I no longer could just enjoy the book I had to study it for a quiz just to earn enough points to pass. When that ended as I got to high school I was beyond thankful but then the English department thought it would be a great idea to not only stack us with pointless homework but to add reading a book for class and a reading log book. Reading logs are an elementary school homework not high school level yet they still assign it. So my final opinion on the matter is that before teachers start asking the question why don’t my students enjoy reading they need to look at the idiotic assignments they are constantly giving.
All through school you get to receive lists of spelling words and vocabulary words which you are trained how to spell and memorize the definition of. Though the majority of the posts I’ll probably make will be about the pointlessness of homework I believe that vocabulary and spelling are very beneficial. I do agree that repetition helps memorize things but I believe that there a different method out there to help memorize things but sadly I have been yet to discover it though I know it’s out there somewhere. Vocabulary to me becomes well learned when reading it in a book or sentence because you can have someone write out the definition on a piece of paper give them a test on it but later the way they will remember what that word means is in context not by a dictionary. So my final thought on the matter is yes vocabulary and spell are two of the most helpful things you will learn in school but I am still on a mission to find better more refined ways to teach them.
In the beginning of the year every kid comes to school with the attitude of “I miss summer” and “I’m so excited to see everyone” but the naive “I’m gonna focus on just school this year” comes up. I have given up on lying to myself about that instead I think “well here goes another year of annoying shitty teachers” and “well I’m going to try my hardest and probably end up crying in a corner of my room because of getting frustrated on homework and life in general”. Then I go to my first class and the teacher hands you pointless papers that were a waste of trees that your parents sign and mean nothing later on. Then come the teacher everyone loves the one that give a ton of homework on the first day and says it’s due tomorrow, by the way those teachers are just asking for kids to egg they’re house. The beginning of the year should start out good not miserable, the first day sets the mood for the year so why ruin it?