Friday, January 15, 2010

Homework Police; Yep, That's Me!

I'm not really sure at what point he decided that homework was optional, but we are only at the end of the second school week of the new year and The Boy is behind in 3 classes.  WTH!

On Monday morning, I received a call from The Boy's teacher.  She is concerned.  It appears as though The Boy doesn't find his school work a priority.  While he does well on his tests, he has a difficult time completing his daily assignments and turning them in.  This is happening in many classes.  (Um, Doi? I'm pretty sure I told you that the very first time we met.  Oh!  And then there was that time at conferences when I mentioned my concern in how incomplete his assignment notebook appeared to be.  And how about the last 3 weeks before winter break?  You know, when I was on your butt like white on rice, trying to get a list of EVERYTHING he was missing so he could complete it before break?  Yeah....  Pretty sure I was aware of the problem.  Thank you for finally taking the time to get back to me.)

So, in an effort to teach The Boy some accountability and develop some better study skills, the teacher has finally gotten on board.  Beginning yesterday, each Thursday, all of The Boy's teachers will email me a list of any late/missing work, assignments with upcoming due dates, and The Boy's current grade.  THANK YOU!!!  FINALLY!  See, the elementary school does not have student's grades on line.  Teacher participation is the only way I can keep tabs on him.

Needless to say, picking The Boy up from school yesterday armed with a list of what is missing and what is soon due caused a little drama.  Not only did The Boy not have all of his materials with him, his homework file had 2 completed assignments (that are late) just sitting there.  He was none too happy when we (yes we...  he said I embarrassed him, hehehe) marched back into the school for him to turn them in.

I think he finally gets that I'm not fooling around when it comes to school.  Last night consisted of no tv, no XBox, no Wii, no DS, no GameCube, no telephone, no computer, no radio, no iPod, no Cub Scouts, NOTHING but homework.  I am happy to report that his skinny little butt is caught up on everything......if he remembers to turn it in...

10 comments:

Daffy said...

Embarrassed? He was embarrassed? Tell him next time you'll put on your Super Mom cape before marching back inside!

You go girl!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Good for you!! Sometimes a little embarrassment goes a long way!

Dual Mom said...

Yes yes yes!!! You go girl!

It's so frustrating when you don't know what's going on with the kids in school. There are alot of teachers that are so great about communicating with parents but there are just as many that aren't so great. I'm sure they probably see alot of parents that don't care to communicate too.

Boy will know not to mess with mamma....

Samantha said...

How frustrating about the teachers!!! I would flip my s**t!

Good parenting though. I like the super mom cape, or you could just threaten to go to all his classes with him until he whips into shape (or is he old enough to know that you probably can't do this?!?!?)

Mike said...

LOL. My girlfriend has the same problem with her 12 year old son. She has the same setup as you. What she did to curb the behavior which has worked very well is that she makes him do the assignment over each time he doesn't turn it in. He sometimes does it 3 times. Good luck with it.

Noelle said...

gawd...that brings back memories. when i was a kid, i would do my homework (sometimes) and then forget to turn it in. or not turn it in because i didn't think it was "neat" enough and i was too embarrassed. my mom did the same thing to me...grounded me from everything but homework. eventually, i grew out of it. hang in there...good habits now make for a better student later.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

YOU GO, MAMA!!!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Ugh, I'm the sole Policewoman of Homework at our home and it sux. Good luck keeping him in line!

adrienzgirl said...

No electronics? NONE? OMG - You are the meanest mom in the world. Send me your address so I can FedEx you my crown, cause you officially have me beat a Queen! :D

gayle said...

Good job!!!

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