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I'm supposed to be a teacher but my brain is too shrivelled to help dd with her homework

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robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 19:04:50

She has to collect collage bits to make a collage based on a metaphor(s)about herself.
apart from a rose amongst thorns, I am not really much help..

Inspiration please...

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slayerette Tue 09-Sep-08 19:09:43

I would base the collage around the metaphor of being All At Sea due to this homework. Or Not Waving but Drowning.

It is a particularly rubbish idea for a project.

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 19:11:44

She's 11.. first week at seconday school. She's a bright thing but not really in the loop with this

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combustiblemelon Tue 09-Sep-08 19:29:31

A shrinking violet?
An eager beaver would cause all sorts of comments but works as an example.
A busy bee?

combustiblemelon Tue 09-Sep-08 19:34:51

An iceberg- because what's visible/apparent on the surface is only a tiny fraction of what she is.

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 19:37:11

She's a sweet, smiley, enthusiastic soul. Gorgeous obviously too!

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 19:41:15

Of course she is the apple of her mother's eye and the fruit of her father's loins although probably the first would be best to illustrate!

ahundredtimes Tue 09-Sep-08 19:41:38

Okay so think of the metaphors first, ones which will suit the materials you've got to hand. Surely that's the way to go.

So she could make one out of different wrapping papers because she is both a gift to life and has many layers.

She could make one out of leaves and grass, because she loves nature. Or is as reliable and solid as an oak tree.

Unless she has hobbies - so if she likes photography, she could use photographic stuff.

Or give her a load of old photographs because she is the sum of her memories and experiences.

Or something.

combustiblemelon Tue 09-Sep-08 19:45:16

It sounds a bit like [ this]]

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combustiblemelon Tue 09-Sep-08 19:46:56

Day 3 of that link

janeite Tue 09-Sep-08 19:53:24

Ahundredtimes - I love your suggestions.

Robinpud - I was doing Romeo And Juliet with year 9 yesterday and asked them how we know that Romeo and Juliet are born as enemies. One of them very excitedly raised his hand and called "it's that quotation about lions, Miss" ("..from forth the fatal loins of these two foes") - so the fruit of her father's loins may well result in a picture of a large maned beast!

She could do all golds and yellows and snaps of gorgeous beaches etc to show her "sunny" personality maybe; sprinkle sand on it etc?

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 19:58:07

Thanks..that lesson plan does seem particularly similar. She's very keen on the wrapping paper thing.. we're beginning to get somewhere!

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 20:00:33

Janeite-she loves that beach idea and it'very fitting for her. She's not entirely sure whether she has to literally illustrate the metaphor or use it as a basis for something artistic.

janeite Tue 09-Sep-08 20:12:23

Is it for Art or for English?

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 20:16:56

gosh I am so grumpy about it; it's taken an hour out of my time to help her, encourage her, mop the tears etc and it's only the first week!

janeite Tue 09-Sep-08 20:21:23

In that case, she probably needs to be able to explain how the collage reveals the metaphor and what the metaphor reveals about her.

I think it's actually a lovely homework activity (am an English teacher) but it sounds like the instructions were rather vague. I imagine the teacher is just trying to get them to think a bit beyond the literal - it should also create a very nice display ready for the opening days/evenings that may be coming up soon!

I hope she ends up enjoying the task; I don't think any teacher would want a child to go home and cry over homework (says she who used to cry over Maths homework all the time!).

pointydog Tue 09-Sep-08 20:32:11

I think this is a nice idea and your dd should concentrate on something simple like the beach without getting over-thoughful. Over-thoughtful during this week of secondary school will lead to over-emotional wink

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 20:37:11

Janeite- the most valuable lesson she has learned is not to leave a lesson without being absolutely clear what the homework is. I think she has been so obsessed by writing the homework task down in the brand new planner that she hasn't actually "thought" about what she is being asked to do.
Yes, really I do think it is a lovely idea and that she will enjoy it, but I wish the instructions were clearer. She's very keen on the sun idea and so can use that as a starter and is going to check her ideas so far with the teacher tomorrow.
I just needed some space tonioght to do my marking and planning!
Thanks for all the ideas. So useful.
Dd says when she is grown up she is going to put the answers to all homework on mumsnet!

janeite Tue 09-Sep-08 21:33:20

Glad to hear she's feeling a bit happier - and I hope you're not still busy marking now! I've marked some year eight work: levels from W to L4 - sounds like I'll need to plan for a lot of differentiation!

I know - maybe I could ask them to make a collage........

robinpud Tue 09-Sep-08 21:51:29

Yes- still planning for a year 3 literacy group ranging from p5 to 2c. Remind me to get to literacy next year! I hate the evenings when you are tired and cold and really want to go to bed. But, trying to get the match of work just right for the kids is tricky at the start of the year.

crunchynutter Tue 09-Sep-08 22:07:02

aww bless! I will be doing similar work to this next week with my yr 7s but I haven't set them homework in their first week! Other than Reading. They have far too much to deal with. You have been given some fab ideas though. I bet she will be star pupil. Xx

robinpud Wed 10-Sep-08 19:45:56

Pah.. in the cold light of day it appears that only collage to illustrate personality is necessary. Dd seems to have got carried away with the whole metaphor thing.

<< makes mental note next time homework crisis looms to simply tell child to check with teacher next day and have crisis later when in possession of correct information about task!>>

So grateful for all your help though!

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