Professor Samuel Boot
Everyone loves a group project (HoM 1-5)
Sun Apr 22, 2018 18:52
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The Headmaster (he was even cheerier this year, and he was also Welsh this year, which Samuel would have found more interesting if not for the off-putting cheeriness) had not been especially impressed by Samuel’s latest lesson plan. Samuel was not impressed by his unimpressedness, especially when he was the one who had told Samuel to plan lessons that were more engaging to the students. That had been before he was Welsh, so perhaps the Headmaster had changed his mind. But how on Earth was Samuel supposed to help the students truly understand the Soap Blizzard of 1378 without any soap? It was really quite obvious that the Headmaster had never taken history of magic, or at least not with a competent professor. Samuel considered inviting him to his classroom, because it was never the wrong time to understand the importance of history, but he found it easier to teach when there weren’t people who disapproved of soap blizzards.

The students had all been fine, of course, except for the one who was coughing up bubbles afterwards, but really she should have known not to eat so much of the soap. Ten or eleven was old enough that you should know what not to eat without being told. Besides, it wasn’t like he had filled the classroom with something hard to clean up. From the fuss the house elves had made, you would think he’d created a mushroom soup blizzard, or a mushy pea blizzard, or a mush blizzard. Soap was already clean. Samuel was quite sure that there had never been so much soap in his classroom before, so it followed that the classroom was now the cleanest it had ever been. That had to be a good thing.

Samuel was not interested in the Headmaster interfering with his classes again, no matter how Welsh he was. So now the students would work on projects. Nice, normal, booky projects. With no soap! No one could make a fuss about that.

Samuel got up to inform the students of this. There were quite a few of them today, he noticed. Perhaps there were a few tall house elves in the mix? As long as they wanted to learn history, he would teach them, although Samuel decided that if any of them complained about the soap or anything else, they would have to leave. “Today you should spend class working on your group projects,” he announced. “They should be…” He stroked his luxurious mustache in thought. What was it? Oh, yes. “Very big. And informative. Be creative. And you absolutely must include at least two diagrams.” He toyed with the idea of requiring a third diagram, but he decided that the students who were really dedicated would use extra diagrams anyway. “Props are not a bad idea. If you think that you’ve done all the work you should, and it isn’t the end of class yet, then you’re not done. It is very important to your grade that you spend the whole class working on these projects and not talking to me. And remember,” he intoned, leaning forward very seriously and raising his unruly eyebrows, “no soap.”

With that, Samuel Boot returned to his desk to think about the 1741 Cardiff Vampire attacks, either oblivious to or unconcerned with the fact that he had not previously assigned a group project, let alone groups in which to do them. Surely the students would figure something out.

[OOC: Because Boot has not, in fact, mentioned a group project to any of the students, or assigned them anything, the students will have to work out what they want to do. It is highly recommended that you do not tag Boot under any circumstances. Write nice posts for nice points. Bonus points for amusing me.]

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