I’ve seen many new young teachers around my high school, which means that they’ll bring with them different ways to stimulate students. I’m all…

I’ve seen many new young teachers around my high school, which means that they’ll bring with them different ways to stimulate students. I’m all for new ideas and making learning fun, but sometimes their ideas are too much. In my English class, there have been two video projects this year that have taken huge amounts of time, along with other different group projects. On top of all that, we’ve had to make all kinds of craft projects dealing with various novels.   I’ve spent about $150 on all these projects and this is a hefty price to pay for innovative ways to teach the youth of America. This is an English class, forget making models of Dante’s Inferno, and let’s just read another book. Half the times these project are more work than they’re worth. I guess teachers should feel free to introduce creative ways to teach students, but they should also be aware of exactly what they’re asking them to do. Keep a project simple and practical, that’s all I’m asking. -Ruben

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  • Vivian

    Well, I’ve had my own share of projects and to be honest, I enjoy them. I agree, though, that they should be kept simple, mandatory (or get a bad grade) video projects seems a bit overboard. For example, one of the projects I’ve done was to draw a character from the novel with the main characteristics that would define them. All this took was some time, a piece of poster paper (which I got at Walgreens for 10 cents each on sale) and a pencil + colored pencils. That was nice and fun and provided a way of remembering the characters. I guess what I would suggest is to provide options, which is what many of my teachers have done for projects — present us with something nice relating to the topic, however you want.