Before the day was over, the mom in yesterday’s blog post received a phone call from the principal telling her no parent had ever before complained about the project. And then the mom received an email from the teacher. Below is an excerpt:
The Teacher Responds to a Parent’s Concerns about Edible Art Projects
…I hear and will take every point you made into consideration. You certainly make valid arguments about parents being overly-involved in student work.
Having said that, I think you had a very limited perspective on today’s event and blew it out of proportion.
First of all, the “offering” was secondary to the viewing of the Iliad poster projects that lined the hallway on the way to the classroom. These were done entirely by students, and almost all completed at school.. There was NO parental involvement whatsoever. These projects will be graded. Were you aware of these?
I assigned the UNGRADED food project to allow the kids to have snacks during the day at school. It was a celebration of the end of a unit of study. I assigned this project because some of my students don’t get great grades on tests and homework. They don’t feel good about their classwork, but they feel great having a party and being creative in other ways.
When I said in my previous email that I thought the project would be fun for parents and students, I meant that the VIEWING would be fun. As I said before, I didn’t intend for parents to be heavily involved. And I think with the exception of a very few projects, parents were not overly involved.