Comments on: Living Well: 4 Secrets To A Carefully Covered Book http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 04 May 2016 06:25:57 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Jerry Finzi http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-7245403 Jerry Finzi Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:28:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-7245403 Has anyone ever heard of a Middle School sixth grade teacher telling her students that if they didn’t cover their books within the two day deadline given (two weeks into the school year, when all the stores are sold out of the “stretchy” kind that kids are insisting she wanted them to use) that it would affect their grades? It’s true. This just happened to use yesterday.

My son went haywire when I suggested using paper… he didn’t like my solution that I’d sent a note to school saying we’d have them covered after her Friday deadline (today). He insisted that we try to buy them after I picked him up from school yesterday… Target, Walmart, Staples, the craft store… all sold out. So, I emailed her saying we could not find any…

This was her reply: “Thank you so much for your email. I am certainly shocked that such a minor assignment has caused you and Lucas so much confusion and stress. It was certainly never my intention.

Please allow me to clarify. First of all, as I explained at Back to School Night, homework is worth 10% of Lucas’s reading grade. (I tried to be clear about the fact that I eliminated daily reading logs, but that there would be some minor assignments such as getting papers signed – or getting a book covered – that would count as grades.) Secondly, I want to be sure that you understand what the homework assignment was and why it was given. Students were assigned literature books on Tuesday this week, and I had them write down in their assignment books to get them covered for a homework assignment that night, even though I told them they would have a few days to get this done. The due date to receive full credit (which is only 2 points) is tomorrow, Friday. The reason behind this assignment is two-fold: For one, the books cost nearly $100 each. Yes, it is true, that students should not need to bring them home, but I have seen the way books are treated as they travel from lockers to classrooms, and I thought that by having the covers protected, students would not have any type of bill at the end of the year for a damaged book. The second reason for the assignment is much like the papers I occasionally ask to be signed; it helps sixth graders develop a sense of responsibility.

I would like to reiterate that I reminded students each day this week that they should NOT feel obligated to go out and buy a book sock. I told them a brown paper bag, wrapping paper, anything really, would work. Of course I am aware that many families are busy with work, sports, and family activities during the week. This is why I gave students several days to get their book covered.

Finally, please understand that I have never, ever considered homework to be a “threat.” As a professional educator of over ten years, I cannot help but feel that my character is being negatively questioned. I have nothing but the best of intentions for Lucas, and I hope that he is still eager to experience all that the middle school has to offer. I will be sure to meet with Lucas during resource period tomorrow to make sure that he is okay and to answer any questions he may have for me.”

Does this seem normal to anyone? Turning something as menial as covering a book (or returning a paper with a parent’s signature, too, apparently) into a homework assignment with points/grades associated with the task? Is it me, or is this person overstepping boundaries. We couldn’t find anything in the Parent/Student handbook about this. In fact, I can’t find anything on the Internet about whether or not a student covers their books affecting their grades.

Is this just another scheme for teachers to artificially raise their classes grade score averages to their own benefit?>?

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By: gina http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-7239306 gina Wed, 09 Sep 2015 05:58:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-7239306 Gabby, this is such a great tutorial. I hope it’s OK if I link back to it in a back to school round up!

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-5825839 Jenny Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:49:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-5825839 I love that simple look of those books! Also, the colour choices you have made, what kind category would the colours be called? ; for example: pastel, neon… Great work!

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By: Amy Jeanne http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-388233 Amy Jeanne Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:36:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-388233 I am a high school teacher, and I require my students to cover their books. I loved covering my books when I was in school; I was able to decorate them to my heart’s content (usually with doodles and quotes I loved–oh, and of course the name of whichever boy I was “into” at the time).
I used to require the students to bring in brown paper bags; however, so many of my students would forget, now I give them each a length of butcher paper. I bought a huge roll three years ago from Sam’s that was the perfect size (height) for my text books when the top and bottom are folded in. It’s white paper, and the students enjoy getting out the markers or colored pencils to personalize them.

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By: tzipora http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-381586 tzipora Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:38:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-381586 Thank you so much for such a charming and clear tutorial!
You mentioned that you use library-grade plastic to cover books with dust jackets. We’ve got lots of well-loved books which will much longer if they’re covered, and covering them just happens to be at the top of my “now that the kids are back in school” to do list. Do you have a particular kind or brand of plastic that you would recommend for the purpose?

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By: Julie http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-381349 Julie Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:31:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-381349 Ah, thank you! I was just thinking of book covers a few days ago and trying to remember how we made ours. It was usually brown grocery bags, but one year, maybe 1984, one of my more creative older brothers offered to make mine and used neat old maps and things. AND, that year, he said “I’m going to make you the coolest cover, everyone is going to be jealous” etc. WELL, he used his old STAR WARS movie poster! From the original movie, the poster he probably went to the theater and asked for when they were taking it down! I’ve thought of that often and kind of wish we’d kept that poster intact!

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By: Heather http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-380682 Heather Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:46:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-380682 Perfect. I actually wish I’d been more creative when I was at school and covering my books.

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By: hyzen http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379988 hyzen Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:38:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379988 Aww, this brought back fond memories of elementary and middle school, when my dad always helped me cover my new books with brown paper bags–he is a stickler for neat, tight wrapping, whether it’s Christmas presents or textbooks, and he taught me how to do it just this way (although we didn’t have a fancy bone folder–the back of a thumbnail works pretty well instead). Can’t wait to do the same with my kids in a couple years!

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By: Jela Webb http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379786 Jela Webb Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:18:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379786 Our first project at secondary school was to make a fabric cover for the Bible we had each been given (to keep forever). The material was gingham (mine was shades of yellow, brown and cream) and we had to embroider a cross on the front cover.

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By: Chrissy http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379654 Chrissy Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:11:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379654 I attended a training session on Monday to learn how to cover books at my daughter’s school! I thought it was pretty funny that covering books required training, but they use contact paper and I actually learned something new! The contact paper works great for protecting all of those little paperback picture books, and since it’s transparent there’s no need for labels. :)

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By: rachel swartley http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379650 rachel swartley Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:06:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379650 Thanks to reusable bags, I haven’t brought home a paper grocery bag in years, but a roll of kraft paper would work just as well. And it wouldn’t have any pre-existing creases to navigate!

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By: Kaely http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379646 Kaely Thu, 13 Sep 2012 01:55:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379646 Oh, this post makes me want to go and cover my son’s textbooks. This is the first year he’s had books he brings home from school on a regular basis (3rd grade), but I don’t think they do book covers at his school. I’ve never seen any of the older kids with them on their books either.

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By: Tasha http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379614 Tasha Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:43:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379614 The BEST use for a paper bag! I miss that new feeling…having all that room to marker up!!! I probably spent way too much time decorating my books and notebooks than I did on hw!

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By: Tasha http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379612 Tasha Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:41:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379612 I KNOW I’d become addicted…so clean, organized and pretty, right!? Have fun!

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By: how2home http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379518 how2home Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:59:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379518 thanks for sharing the coupon will us :) I’ll be definitely using that. Love the idea of wrapping textbooks. I remember how ugly mine use to be in school. Great tutorial!

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379435 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:26:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379435 Kraft paper is awesome for so many things, isn’t it? And cheap. :) Even better.

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379434 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:25:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379434 How fun! One year I was really into drawing different kinds of flowers that wrapped around the covers. I really kind of miss that!

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379432 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:24:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379432 Brown paper seems to be the sturdiest, doesn’t it? I had teachers that required brown paper too. A lot of fun for doodling with my favorite markers.

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379430 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:23:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379430 How fun! I don’t think I ever did that. The idea did come to me to use some cute washi tape on plain paper to make some cute designs and patterns. So many options!

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-a-carefully-covered-book/comment-page-1/#comment-379428 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:22:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22472#comment-379428 Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop myself. The books look so pretty in the different papers on the shelf. I have my eye out for some papers to cover my cookbooks now too.

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