With one child at the start of GCSE courses and the other setting out on the way to A levels, with only one half term’s worth under their belts so far, we are fully aware that there will be a fair amount of homework set, and that some of this will be ‘holiday homework’.
My two broke up on Wednesday afternoon and have therefore had time to get them selves sorted out, and possibly get most of this holiday homework done so that next week they can have a nice time completely free of this pressure.We have made the suggestion.
You see we shall be off work with them next week and it would be wonderful if the holiday period could be free of the shadow of incomplete homework. We have been there before. Many times.
Both of them are guilty of stretching it out and making sure there is enough work left at the end of the hols to cause stress to everyone involved. And last time we went away for a half term the eldest lost his dongle (what we call the removable storage device, in case you are wondering – what do you call it?) on which he had all his work… and it was the only copy. THE ONLY COPY!
So we had to turn the place upside down looking for it, at the same time that another senior member of the team lost the bike key. (Naming no names, but it wasn’t me.) Not the least stressful way to end a holiday. Both items eventually turned up, by the way, but not until we had found a farmer to cut through the bike chain, driven home and unpacked.
And what did we learn from the incident?
Well Techie Adviser has agreed he should always email his work to himself and save it to the dongle and save it to the computer . And the senior member of the team? Large key ring and always put the key back in a ‘usual’ place …
So here I am tip tapping away, in the hope that they too are working upstairs and producing a finished result. Left to their own devices procrastination seems to be the name of the game.
So what should I be doing now?
Yes, you’ve guessed it.
I too am procrastinating. I need to submit some work before 5pm.
Time for a cup of tea first, I reckon… what do you think?