The Wanders of Spillchick
Second Friday of the new school new year. And I’m heading downtown for a gelato–not because I need the endorphin boost, it’s cause for celebration. It’s basically two weeks into the new year and I’ve decided I still like teaching, even though I have five sections of freshmen instead of the usually two or three.
One thing that does amaze me is the first batch of papers I receive from my freshies. I encourage them to type because 1) it’s easier to read and 2) they can plug in spell-check and grammar-check. But do they? Mmmm, not really.
Here are some true-life examples.
* Names have been withheld in case my students have figured out this is my blog and I end up as a Yahoo News item blurb.
Some of the activities I like do out side of school are skiing, golf, and lacrosse.
My biggest influence would be my dad. He has Ben that for years!
So I would have to say my favorite subject is Band or Jazz Band, it in cooperates gratis faction and challenges.
Shakespeare influenced me because of this plays, it helps me know that even people who started out as regular people can make history.
I don’t want to pick on them too much because I know they are still learning. And I know I make mistakes as well. My AP students caught this doozy the other day.
Typing is NOT an option. Times Standard or Ariel, 12 font.
Okay, I meant “is not optional”–they gave me the sidewise eye on that one. (“You mean you don’t want the essays typed?”)
Here is the revision: “Typing is NOT an optional.”
Yes, it’s Friday. I need a gelato.
- Free Online Grammar Checker (philbradley.typepad.com)
- Spelling Software – Ultimate Spelling Declares The Impact of Using Spell Checkers To Students (prweb.com)
My favorite was “He has Ben that for years!”
What’s funny was that I had a typo in my assignment sheet today. Strange coincidence, no? An extra “of” just floating around needlessly in my sentence (and just after I told my students that it’s important to proofread work, oh dear). I think I’ll have have a gelato now too 🙂
It happens to the best of us 🙂
and, of course, I didn’t proofread my comment, so just noticed that I put an extra “have” in there. Needless to say, it has been a long week!
Gelato? Yum! It’s been hot here today so I’m getting one. Chocolate, of course.
You took me back to my Freshman English days when I typed stuff on a dot matrix. Oh wait . . . I didn’t have a printer let alone a computer when I was a Freshman in high school. Okay so now I need gelato too. Is there room at the counter?
Dot matrix wasn’t even available for me. Typed meant my mom’s Smith-Corona typewriter. And there’s always room at the counter, but you Eagled-eye Editor better not hog all the chocolate!