Changing Plans

After a successful start to the school year, our plan for the second semester changed. Instead of retaking government/civics, our son decided to learn to fly small planes. We know the instructor teaching it through the university this spring. Since R is only 15, and the class was small, the university put up a lot of roadblocks to him signing up. We navigated out way through, and in the end the entire family is taking it! My and R officially. My husband already has his pilot certificate, but wants a refresher. That means our daughter is stuck tagging along, but she’s learning a bit too. Last Wednesday was the midterm. We’ll find out this Wednesday how everyone did.

One of the university requirements for allowing R to take the ground school class was to take a 4 credit weather course at the same time. He’s doing pretty well with that, although the online format is challenging at times due to technical difficulties with the system and/or computer. The prof is very nice and willing to help. He and R are to start meeting once a week in person after Spring Break to go over any concerns and the weeks schedule . Their first session together went well. They did the snow lab, and seemed to have an enjoyable time.

This means R is taking 8 college credits this semester. He’s also on 2 cross country ski teams, so has been skiing 2-4 hours most days with races every other week. Plus, keeping up with his math and literature classes is keeping him very busy, but he’s enjoying the challenge. He’s already been rewarded for his efforts. The high school ski season is now over. Although he wasn’t selected as a member of the school’s team that went to the state championships, he did earn a letter in cross county skiing. This is his first time lettering in a sport!

How’s your school year going? Leave me a comment to let me know.

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I got A’s!

This semester I took 2 classes- kinesiology and human anatomy. From what I’ve heard, these are the hardest 2 classes in the program, especially doing it online. Well, grades are in and I got A’s in both! This means I still have a 4.0 GPA.

As my regular readers know, I am working on an associates degree as a health fitness specialist. It is an online degree. Toward the end, I will have to do an internship, but for now everything is online except reading the textbooks. I am almost halfway through the program.

Unfortunately, I’m now broke so I can’t take anymore classes until I’ve saved up more money. I am not getting any student loans or other financial aid. I’d like to get a scholarship or grant since I’m getting such good grades, but don’t have time to find one. There are several business classes that I have to take and hope to start them in the fall.

Procrastination and group projects

I have never really liked group projects.  The thought that part of your grade depends upon the work of someone else is frustrating and scary. It can be fine if everyone pulls together and does a good job on their part. However, it can be horrible if people slack off or don’t work at all.

I had a group project for one of my online classes. It was assigned 3 weeks ago. There were 4 people in the group. About 2.5 weeks ago, one of the group members got busy and posted a rough draft of the initial part for the project. I then took it and did a write up about her chart. We asked the others to do writeups about the other things we were to discuss. Nothing got done.

Last week the first woman and I completed our parts of the project. We reminded the other 2 members about getting theirs in soon enough so we can review them and include it in the final project. Nothing got done.

While we were waiting, the other woman and I decided we’d better go ahead and do the rest of the project just in case. It is due this week. We each chose one of the other parts and got busy. By Wednesday, we had a complete rough draft of the full project. Thursday (just 3 days before it is due), one of the other members sent her part in. Unfortunately, she analyzed the wrong thing. We notified her as well as the instructor of this and asked her to redo it right away. Still no word from the 4th member of the group.

Yesterday afternoon we hadn’t heard anything from the woman about redoing her part, not even acknowledging she got the messages about it being the wrong thing. Nor had we heard from the 4th member at all. Ugh! After several e-mails back and forth, the other woman and I decided to just go ahead and do a final version without either of them, since we already had a version their parts done anyway.

So I got it all finalized. She did a final proof read and this morning, it was submitted for grading. We left off the other 2 members names and notified the instructor our reasons.  2 hours later, I got an e-mail from the last team member with her part. We didn’t even know for sure she had been working on it. Talk about procrastination and lack of communication!

I wrote her back and told her it was too late, that we already completed and turned in the project without her. So this 4 person group project turned into a 2 person team project because of lack of communication and procrastination. Very frustrating, especially since this is a college course. There is no excuse for that type of procrastination in a group project at this level.

We needed their parts a week ago to properly work it into the overall project. Even early this week would probably have been OK. But the afternoon before the whole thing is due? NO! I’m sorry, that’s way too late. I’m glad we went ahead without them, but it made for a very stressful week. I really hope we get a good grade, because basically we had to do double the work, for the same number of points.