I had a pretty awesome “homework” assignment last night. One of my son’s teachers asked for an essay – “in a million words or less” – describing our child, our “scholar.” This was a seventh grade Math teacher and it struck me as brilliant for a couple of reasons.
First off, it’s seventh grade Math. Yawwwwwn. How much compelling personal interaction could possibly go down in a typical math class? In a 43-minute Algebra lesson with so much material and so many learning types to master, could there ever be any time for group anecdotes about weekend cookouts or opinions of the latest Adam Sandler movie? Mmmmm, doubtful.
Second, this particular son of mine is that kid – the fairly quiet student who laughs at the class clowns, and perhaps secretly strives to be one. I have no doubt his teachers don’t get an inkling of his true personality until after Christmas break.
So she wanted to know who her students are and blew right past the requisite fill out this questionnaire routine. Another hidden agenda of brilliance: how telling to hear the actual voices of parents. Who’s a braggart… who’s a worry-wart… who’s incapable of decoding their, they’re and there? I just thought it was great.
So off I went and had some fun. I just hope he had the kahunas to hand it in. It’s (naturally) extra-credit and we recently had checked off our “You-will-do-any-and-every-extra-credit-offered-to-you-because-you’re-a-dummy-if-you-don’t” discussion. We’ll see.
I hope his Math teacher has a sense of humor. Here it is:
There’s a lot you should know about my scholar Luke …..although much of it would make him turn six shades of crimson and want to crawl into his desk….
That little conundrum leaves me with little to reveal.
I guess he wouldn’t mind if I told you that I believe he’s a sharp lil’ whippersnapper, with his Mom’s love of humor and his Dad’s love of sports (because to Luke, ESPN really stands for Every Sport Possible No-lie-will-be-watched-on-every-television-set-at-all-times).
Luke won’t give you any trouble and certainly won’t be to blame for any nonsense that might arise within your classroom (because anything that happens will likely be his younger brother’s fault. Really. Go ahead, ask him.)
My scholar is a reflective kid, usually just observing the world around him, taking it all in, and keeping a lot of notes. He “gets” it.
He knows the words to every song on the radio.
Won’t talk to his mother about girls.
And is extremely well-liked (and that’s not just his mom talking).
(Caution: Do not tell him this. He already thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips, so in this house, we try to keep the compliments to a minimum.)
In general, I think you will thoroughly enjoy having him in your class. We kinda like having him around here, too. Especially on the days when he showers – then he smells realllllllllllll nice. (Actually, if I’m being truthful, I guess I have to mention that he showers every day. That’s a good thing for 7thgraders, right? In fact, he showers so much that he’s almost at the 40-minute-shower stage of adolescence that starts peeling paint off the walls. So, he’s right on track. It’s all good.)
He’ll stay under your radar ….
….. and chuckle at the jokes that go over everyone else’s heads…….
Have fun with our scholar – we certainly do.
Tina Drakakis blogs at Eyerollingmom and was just featured in the Boston production of “Listen to Your Mother: Giving Motherhood a Microphone.” Her work has been featured in NPR’s “This I Believe” radio series yet she places “Most Popular 1984” on top of her list of achievements. (Next would be the home improvement reality TV show of 2003 but her kids won’t let her talk about that anymore). A witty mother of four, she takes on cyberspace as @Eyerollingmom on Twitter and Eyerollingmom on Facebook. –