Andrew Tennant
Doing less of the work is always good
Wed May 9, 2018 09:12

History of Magic was an interesting balance of being bored by Professor Boot and actually caring about the subject. Drew was a couple of years off from having to choose which subjects he would continue with, but he liked storytelling—whether it was making up a plot to go with Madeleine and Kit’s games or writing a newspaper article—and history was a story just like any other. It was just a shame that textbooks could make the most interesting battles and stuff seem as boring as waiting for your cauldron to boil. Professor Boot did exciting things sometimes—like the soap blizzard—but other times he went for dull lectures. If Professor Boot didn’t teach it, Drew would’ve already made up his mind about continuing with History of Magic after third year.

The thing about Professor Boot was that he didn’t always seem to know he was teaching a class—sort of like Aunt Cindra, but different. Drew got the feeling that Professor Boot would show up to the classroom and talk about history every day regardless of whether students showed up, whereas Cindra might notice if all of her students skipped class.

Drew didn’t always pay as much attention as he could in History of Magic, but he didn’t remember being assigned a group project. And this was one of the classes he actually put effort into. (He didn’t care so much about Astronomy and Cultural Studies, for example. He didn’t mind Potions, but since he usually worked with Kit, Drew had pretty much given up on his grades in that class. It was a lost cause. Most of his effort in Potions went into just making sure their cauldron didn’t literally explode, never mind how close the contents were to what they were supposed to be making. It was for the common good.) So Drew was pretty sure that this meant Professor Boot had forgotten to assign them a project, and he was also one hundred percent sure that having forgotten to assign them the project wouldn’t stop Professor Boot from giving them grades.

So they were just… supposed to invent a project? With diagrams? Hmmm. They’d basically just been given permission to do a project on whatever they wanted, because he’d bet his broomstick that Professor Boot didn’t have a rubric or anything either. The second-year leaned back in his seat and stretched, then turned to his table mate.

“Wanna be partners?” he asked. “I don’t think Professor Boot cares what we do the project on, so like, if there’s something you really wanna research, we can do that.” Drew couldn’t think of a particular event he wanted to do a project on off the top of his head, but if his partner chose something they really cared about, they’d be more interested in doing the work, and then he wouldn’t be stuck partnered with someone who wasn’t going to do anything helpful.

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