The teacher stood at the front of the room holding a stack of papers in her hand. The class had just turned in reports on the animal of their choice. The teacher told the class, “Now remember you will get these papers back on Monday to write a second draft. I am not only looking for grammar errors, but for the use of extraneous information that just pads the word count.”
The bell then rang, and she dismissed the class. Two girls looked at each other with a grin and one said, “Extraneous information, I think we’re in trouble.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – extraneous
Sitting at her desk, Jane was reading a book about young romance. She heard the classroom door shut and knew reading time was over. Her teacher stood in front of the class and began to talk about math. It wasn’t long before she heard two boys in the back of the class whispering and start to laugh. Mr. Thompson said, “Mark and Dan, are you going to pay attention or go see the principal?”
The two boys turned around forward in their sears and said, “Pay attention.”
The teacher grinned a little and said, “I thought so. You know you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink; you can send a kid to school, but you can’t make him think. Maybe you two would like to write a paper on that subject?”
The boys both shook their heads no and looked ashamed. Mr. Thompson turned back to the black board and began to write a series of equations.
Written for Fandango’s February Expressions (FFE) #22
The teacher stood in front of the class. She was discussing the reading assignment she was giving the class. “You don’t have to finish the book over the weekend, but I want you all to be at least to page 250 by the time you come back to class on Monday.”
One student rose his hand. “Yes Kenny,” the teacher said. “What can I help you with?”
Kenny looked at the clock and back at Miss Snider, “Do you know the clock is almost 3 minutes slow?”
“Kenny that is not germane to the subject at hand.”
“I don’t know where it was made, but it could be a German clock I guess.”
“Kenny I want you to go talk to Mr. Wilson.”
“But I was just letting you know it was slow.”
“You can discuss it with Mr. Wilson and maybe he will want to have maintenance look at the clock. Until then I expect you to pay attention in class. Now go talk to Mr. Wilson and explain to him what a slow clock has to do with History?”
Kenny stood up and gathered the few books he had and as he walked out of the door he turned backward to smirk at the class.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – germane
I loved my seventh grade English teacher. She always had a great demeanor and made learning fun. I will never forget one day when we were getting our theme papers back.
I walked into class and took my seat. Mrs. Whitmer closed the door and gathered our papers at her desk. She handed the papers back and then began to yell at the class. Ok, she didn’t really yell, but I was shocked to see she was almost angry. She was disappointed in our writing and was going to demonstrate a point that was a repeated problem with the papers.
She went to the far left side of the chalk board and wrote the letter “a.” She then walked to the far right side of the chalkboard and wrote “lot.” Placing the chalk back in the tray she turned back to us and told us those two words do not touch each other and never should.
That image hits me every time I type “a lot” … her point was made quite clearly and is still with me to this day nearly forty years later. Do you have any vivid memories of your favorite teacher?