Thursday, October 26, 2006

Memories of My Days as a Teacher

Old Joke:

Rover, lay down. Damn it, Rover, lay down.

Excuse me, Sir, but Rover is an English Bulldog; you'll have to tell him to LIE down.


Spelling test

I used to test spelling by dictating sentences with the spelling words in them.  I used to say, "You pass the whole test if you write the first one correctly."  And the first one would be a sentence with the three "theres" in it, such as "They're going over there to get their books."

I rarely had any student get all the words right.

A preposition is a bad thing to end a sentence with.

Pity the poor English teacher who went upstairs to put his daughter to bed, and heard her say, "Oh, Daddy, why did you bring that book I didn't want to be read to out of up for?"

When I was a speech therapist

Daughter: Daddy, I want a dwink of wadoo.

Me: You want a DWINK of WADDO?

Daughter: (Panicked) No, no. I want a drrrink of rrrater.



plittle said...

  I have always heard that one should never end a sentence with a preposition. I didn't actually know what that meant until just recently. In all my years of elementary school grammar classes, I don't think we ever learned what a preposition was. It is only in the last few years that I have figured out what to do instead of ending a sentence that way.

chasferris said...

Dear Paul, (see comment below)  When someone criticised Winston Churchill for ending a sentence with a preposition, he countered "This the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put."

mavarin said...

"A preposition is a perfectly good word to end a sentence with."  - I forget whose quote this is. - K.

desannie said...

Loved this entry.  Your memories are fun for everyone.  
I will comment on the grammar part.  There is a gentleman in our military brat chat group who is a retired teacher.  I thought he said he taught English, but he's constantly getting his "there's" mixed up.  Bugs me no end, but I don't say anything.  I didn't take English Grammar in college because of a poor background in the subject.  We moved so often, I missed huge chunks of necessary stuff -- like diagramming!