Nope, I've decided you can just nap for six weeks of school. That sounds reasonable.
They know me well enough that there is a lot of eye rolling at this point. After fifteen years teaching high school I have learned eye rolling equals success. It is my job to annoy them occasionally.
Usually I pick something new to everyone and we work through that. Sometimes we do advanced data structures like linked lists, java graphics or a new language.
This year's group is too eclectic for that to work. I have students that already know VB, C++, Python and just about anything else I could throw at them. They have done NASA summer internships, built robots and held part-time jobs doing web design.
So I tried something new, this year they got to pick their own projects.
The ground rules were:
- Do something new to you
- Do something non-trivial (something that will take several weeks to complete)
- Amaze me
In short, I have been amazed. Plus, anything that cuts down on the amount of nagging I have to do everyday is a total win.