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why are teachers STILL setting 'cover your book' as a homework?

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BrendaandEddie Mon 07-Sep-15 16:55:11

I have rarely had a book fall apart, if it does, you fix it.

This must be the lamest and most pointless 'educational' activity since ' write our classroom rules' lesson.

jeronimoh Mon 07-Sep-15 16:59:03

It keeps them dry. Annoying task though.

BrendaandEddie Mon 07-Sep-15 17:01:54

i find a bag keeps them dry. I dont think I have ever had a wet book handed in

shoofly Mon 07-Sep-15 17:05:15

I can understand backing textbooks to an extent. I think backing excersise books is the most pointless, rage inducing waste of (my) bloody time

honeysucklejasmine Mon 07-Sep-15 17:07:32

It's OK if there's a theme, E.G. a history teacher asking them to cover it with images of their favourite historical figures etc. If it's just wrapping paper or sticky back plastic then it is a bit silly.

BrendaandEddie Mon 07-Sep-15 17:07:49

It really is
My son in year ten , YEAR TEN has to decorate and cover his book. this is at an up its own arse grammar school too.

I am speechless

BrendaandEddie Mon 07-Sep-15 17:08:08

gah - themes schmemes too

blueemerald Mon 07-Sep-15 17:12:33

I was put in detention in the first week of year 7 for not covering my geography book in pictures. My mum was pretty hmm but told me to just get on with it.

I sticky-back-plastic my students books because they have a tendency to rip them up (I work in an EBD school). Takes ages but I remember the first time it happened and a term's work was gone in an instant. sad angry

fastdaytears Mon 07-Sep-15 17:14:02


This was always my favourite homework task. Text books only though not exercise books- that's just silly.

I LOVE sticky back plastic.

jeronimoh Mon 07-Sep-15 17:16:36

My son has had wet books several times. It must just be him!

Skullyton Mon 07-Sep-15 17:17:57

i dont mind, because we dont do homework and i keep the book at home.

jeronimoh Mon 07-Sep-15 17:19:40

When I was at schol we used wall paper. Sticky back plastic was ever only seen on Blue Peter.

jeronimoh Mon 07-Sep-15 17:20:21


rollonthesummer Mon 07-Sep-15 17:23:25

The books that DD had to cover last year are in v good condition, the ones that she didn't are totally battered! I think it's a good idea!

hackmum Mon 07-Sep-15 17:30:51

YANBU, OP, but I have lost count of the times DD has been asked to design a health and safety poster for the science lab (or similar) and build a model of a cell, which she's had for homework at primary, secondary (twice) and now sixth form stage.

5Foot5 Mon 07-Sep-15 17:37:10

BIL had to do this with all his books so he covered them with pages from the Beano. The teachers didn't like it but couldn't figure out whether it was breaking any school rules or not so they had to put up with it.

Hulababy Mon 07-Sep-15 17:43:52

DD only ever had to do it in Y7, wasn't asked to in y8 and not so far in y9.

Backing books can make them looker neater and tidier - less likely to peel/tear/curl when backed. However, its a hassle. We used to do it for Y2 literacy and numeracy at my school to make the books stay looking tidy longer. We don't know. We decided to go for thinner books, so change them more frequently instead.

Narp Mon 07-Sep-15 18:00:40

I am a TA. Books do sometimes fall apart

Narp Mon 07-Sep-15 18:02:27

Maybe it's also about being creative, and caring about your possessions.

LilacSpunkMonkey Mon 07-Sep-15 18:06:07

I hated having to do this every year during secondary school until we were allowed to cover them with posters from Smash Hits. Then it became interesting to see who your friends chose to grace the cover of their Maths book. Plus you could give eye patches and moustaches to pop stars/actors you didn't like.

Having said that I was dreading DO starting Year 7 but her school don't do it. She's now in Year 9 and it's not something they've asked them to do.

tigerscameatnight Mon 07-Sep-15 18:06:20

Dds just come home with this for all her books. I haven't got money for a big roll of sticky back covering!

Narp Mon 07-Sep-15 18:06:37

Out of interest, why go to the trouble of sending your child to a grammar school if it's up its own arse?

LilacSpunkMonkey Mon 07-Sep-15 18:07:13

There's nothing creative about wrapping wallpaper around an exercise book, Narp.

Wankarella Mon 07-Sep-15 18:08:19

My DSs fall apart at the seams if they are not covered. He starts High School next year and they stop covering them then.

Helpmeoutofthemaze Mon 07-Sep-15 18:10:27

They don't seem to do this at my dc school but I saw in Tesco loads of sticky back plastic and also remember doing this with my books at school.

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