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    Default Tuesday Roll Call, 11/7 -- Poll #2 (sort of!)

    Happy Tuesday! So who else is still out of whack with Sunday's time change? I hate the early dark evenings, but it's nice to be able to go out and run at 6:30 instead of waiting until almost 8:00. Kind of tricky on the trails in the dark!

    The homeschool math classes are going well. There are only 3 more sessions in the first semester. It seems like the time has passed so quickly! This week the geometry students will be learning about indirect proofs, or what I like to call "arguing yourself in a circle." Sounds weird, but it sure is handy when trying to prove a negative!

    The algebra kids will be moving on from graphing one line at a time to graphing two (or more) and finding where they cross. They'll also learn about those multi-variable solving methods--substitution and elimination! And wait--there's more! Graphing and shading multiple line inequalities will be tackled as well!

    So, now time to follow up on last week's question of favorite thing to teach. This week, we ask what is your least favorite subject(s) to teach. Pipe up! We all know there's something that you just dread to do.

    For me, it was writing. Always hated it as a kid; my prose was always very sparse. I have absolutely NO idea how to teach it. I made sure my kids had a solid grammar background and read good literature/writing. I gave them prompts and such, but that's about it. Luckily, my writing major dd found online groups to support her efforts. She figured things out all on her own. They both also took a comp class or two for dual credit.

    So what topic sets fear into your heart when you teach it to your child(ren)?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    All forms of art...including poetry. I have no interest, no appreciation ability, and no desire to learn more. I know, sounds terrible, but that is who I am - incorrigible, pragmatic, and in love with nature so much that anything human-made is just not beautiful enough.

    I do not usually try to teach it though. I bought HomeArtStudio DVD set for the kids to watch and follow along, but they soon lost interest, and I keep asking them if they want me to sign them up for an art class of any sort, they do not. I read MCT's book on poetry together with DD8. Deciphering rhyme schemes, meters, and searching for similes was fun, but DD had to hear a lot of 'so whats' from me.

    Well, I am ready and willing to outsource, if they want, but I will not feel too bad if they do not.
    mom to 3 girls: DD9, DD8, DD5

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    Writing - I think I really only learned essay writing well and I never could really translate that well to the younger grades and then it is the thing that they all fight me on the most which makes it difficult to keep it up. If DD12 hadn't gone to middle school this year, I would have resourced it out with essentials of writing or maybe tried a brave writer course.
    Beth
    DS14 with ASD, DD11 and DS8

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    My ultimate, least favorite, is creative writing. I enjoy all other forms of writing though. Math is a close second, which is why engineer husband took it over.
    Rebecca
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    Writing. I actually love writing for myself. I find teaching it terribly intimidating. I bought Bravewriter and am feeling inspired. I have been doing everything except the actual writing portions with them haha. This is my wake up call to just do it.
    Kids are so much more than a test score.
    Qualities not measured by a test: creativity, persistence, curiosity, humor, self-discipline, empathy, humility and so many more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv2HS View Post
    Writing. I actually love writing for myself. I find teaching it terribly intimidating. . . .
    I hear ya! I had / have a hard time trying to wrap my brain around how to teach someone else to write. It seems like there is no set sequence to learning it and sometimes it is a painfully slow process. I like how BW brakes it down into smaller steps.
    Rebecca
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    Thanks for reminding me that I am not alone in the 'Ugh Writing' category!

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    Hi, Everyone! Sort of had a feeling that teaching writing was going to be the most often mentioned topic in this thread. Add me to the list of those that have a really hard time teaching this subject!

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    Writing frustrates me, because it seems no matter what I do, DS11’s writing doesnt get any better. Ill find new gadgets and toys time to time that I get excited about, but at the end of the day, it seems like he adamently refuses to get basics down.
    And its not like I dont read or write! He also says he wants to be a writer when he is an adult, but how do you politely show your 6th grader that his writing is marginal in the state of Oregon... for a 3rd grader!?

    Really though, its crafts that I fail to do with consistency. There is something about gathering all the materials that seems to make each PacificNorthwest Paper Towel Totem pole or Mexican Tissue Paper pennants a big pain in the butt.

    But I love the fall time change! Its the spring one I loathe and despise, even more than crafts.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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Tuesday Roll Call, 11/7 -- Poll #2 (sort of!)