I’m on sabbatical this semester, so when I found this post from the beginning of a not-so-distant school year, I laughed. The passage of time can truly contribute to humor.
Since it’s almost midnight, and I have to roll out of bed in almost five hours, I’m going to give the microwave version of the past two weeks:
1. I’m simultaneously amused and enraged by the insolent arrogance of some freshmen who inform me that reading and “writting” will “defiantly” not be important in their future.
2. I have a student who buys books from “barns and nobles.”
3. Another student said that he “learned last year how to profread better.”
4. The favorite book of another is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Zeus.
5. As for receiving feedback on writing, this student shared: “A teacher who doesn’t writhe on my paper doesn’t care much about what I write.”
6. How did this student learn to write? “Teachers taught me letters of the alphabet which obliviously helped.”
7. Another student is “writing an autobiography of his grandmother’s life.”
8. Writing issues noted in papers submitted to date:
no use of apostrophes when writing contractions, so I find myself “decoding” the following: dont, cant, arent, isnt, wont, theyre, Ill
less than 10% of my students use cursive; I don’t mind that they print…what I mind is that they print IN ALL CAPS or in all lower case. If the periods ending their sentences aren’t the size of green peas, I don’t know where one sentence ends and another begins
use of “i” for personal pronoun “I” is gaining popularity
so far, not one student is using hearts or asterisks to dot the letters “i,j”
usage errors are multiplying faster than clunker cars: your/you’re, their/there/they’re, its/it’s, then/than are the major problems
we’re chanting ” a lot is two words”
paragraphing is apparently becoming obsolete
And, in closing, I’m reminded by one student that “going to collage is important because he wants to become a veet.”
What situations in your life may be funny now that weren’t so much so when they happened?