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Comment from: Aunt B\'Ann [Visitor]  
Aunt B\'Ann

Once again, I am impressed with your teaching methods. You have done something I’ve never seen a teacher do before, and it seems to be working for you. Congratulations on being open to your students and their questions/unbeliefs! You are my hero!

09/22/07 @ 19:22
Comment from: Daddy [Visitor]  

All quite interesting. I haven’t–so far, at least–seen anything that I hadn’t learned several years ago. Wait. K said a few things I couldn’t pick up on first reading, andf I’m not real sure I want to tackle it again. &#59;). But the idea of actually teaching these things to blobs of over cooked jelly seems just a bit to much for this ‘growing older’ mind of mine. :) Keep up the good work, Sweetheart, and I will even without you keeping it up, continue to be proud of you for your accomplishments and stay-with-it-ive-ness.

09/26/07 @ 20:43
Comment from: [Member]

Thank you both for your encouragement. :)

I’m not sure what I’m doing that you haven’t seen done before, Aunt B’Ann. Telling the students to question me? I’m curious.

I learned all this years ago, as well, Daddy. Now that I think about it, I suppose I’ve always taken for granted that oral and written grammar are (often) drastically different. However…I don’t think I’ve ever tried to explain my observations to undergraduates. That’s what challenged me. To borrow the words of one of my Wilmington profs, I felt like a fish trying to describe water. &#59;)

And by the way…even when I vehemently disagree with you, I love you just as much, and appreciate your ongoing contributions to my life.


09/27/07 @ 19:05
Comment from: Aunt B'Ann [Visitor]  
Aunt B'Ann

Going back over the entry, I’m not sure, myself, what I was referring to. Maybe to the admission that you, as the teacher, don’t always speak/write correctly, but that doing so doesn’t mean you would do it in a “formal” paper (or any other formal thing, I am assuming!). Or maybe just giving them the freedom to CHOOSE to write formal papers using the vernacular, but with the knowledge that they WILL be “chastised"? for doing so and their grade will reflect the fact?

Anyway, you are the sort of teacher I wish I could have been, but never even thought of being. I was too cowed to do other than “go by the rules"! Thank you for being brave and open to your students and their needs!

09/27/07 @ 20:53

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