My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

The Dog is no Excuse for A Tardy Student

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“See No Homework, Hear No Homework, Do No Homework!” shout out on grandson’s T-shirt. A  mantra etched in the minds of students nationwide, it would seem.


Homework excuse? Teacher doesn’t think so!

Teachers have heard all the creative excuses for assigned work not completed.  Junior students might try their luck with a trite excuse. “Miss, my dog chewed it”, or “Miss, my little brother puked on it”. Learning skills, such as knowing how to organise time and  taskwork, are taught and practised at each year level throughout their schooling.

Senior students who do not have a valid reason for not completing an assignment by the due date may miss out on credits towards their final assessment. It becomes a matter of deciding priorities. Successful learners know how to organise and follow a plan in a timely way. They carry these basic skills into everyday life beyond the school gate.

The family pooch and younger brother are not reasons for a student to be tardy.     

Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

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