Complaint-Teachers who use incorrect grammar

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  1. DarkLikePoe

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    I appreciate that deeply! I have thought about pursuing a graduate degree, but honestly, amidst the turmoil of a long and draining (though incredibly rewarding) first year teaching, I hadn't put serious consideration to it.

    Well, I'm off to finish a couple things and then hit the hay. I'm sure we'll have opportunities to talk more. Until then, good night, and thanks again!
     
  2. TeacherGroupie

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    That may well depend on the precise nature of the relationship between the guy and each of the lady friends, and that brings up a set of considerations that far transcends grammar. One possibility, however, would be "Hello, gorgeous ladies."

    English has a long and honorable tradition of using adjectives substantively (that is, as nouns): physical, for example, is common in place of physical examination.
     
  3. cutNglue

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    Yes, that's what is what I meant by "Are you death?"

    Boy this thread took off last night. I don't even have time to go back and read it yet.
     
  4. ChristyF

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    I thought of this thread yesterday when our secretary came over the intercom and said, "If you haven't done finished your DIBELS they gotta be done today and turned in." She does things like that a lot. She's the voice of our school and I wish she was a little more proper with her speech on the intercom (and phone).
     
  5. MimiBee

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    I ain't got no idea what ya'll are talkin about so I be runnin' off ta start my fridee mornin routine. :D ;)
     
  6. pwhatley

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    Personally, I believe that written AND spoken Standard English should be taught, if for no other reason than giving our students the tools to Understand (others) and to be Understood (by others).
     
  7. bettyb

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    Most people make grammatical mistakes every now and then. I think it's okay to correct students in a kind and friendly way. They might be hearing it at home incorrectly, and that's a hard one to beat. I know a teacher that just drove me nuts when a student would ask, "Can I ....?" She made the biggest deal out of using "may" instead of "can". I think she wasted a lot of good teaching time myself. It's not a great idea to come off as knowing everything, because somebody always knows more.
     
  8. eduk8r

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    Okay, I had a triumphant moment today! One of my most frequent, "I ain't got no" students said to another student, "You have no..." when he said the famous phrase. I laughed so hard!!! I said, "Oh, ______ (student's name), now I am in your head!" Just like a mother, I feel so proud...:)

    Hey, Tigers, what is supposed to be wrong with your grammar? I never noticed any errors in any of your posts. Everyone is guessing that you're male (I do anyway) because you call yourself Tigers, which sounds like a "man" name, and something (indefinable) about the way you talk, as well.
     
  9. Aliceacc

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    OK, BAD teacher alert coming up:

    In 7th grade math this year, I was trying to explain how the product of two negatives is a positive. (I had already done the rule, and the whole "if a bad thing happens to a bad person..." thing.)

    So I mentioned that the math works just as the English does: in English, a double negative is a positive as well. They had no idea what I meant. So I did add in a disclaimer that it was really really bad grammar, and then said "If you don't have NO money", you're not broke so you must have some money.

    One of my students had twisted this into his catchphrase: "Mrs. A, I ain't got NO money!!!!" It's just so very funny to hear him say it!
     
  10. eduk8r

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    Sounds "as though" he gotcha'! :angel:
    (I'm making sure I use correct grammar here...)
     
  11. eduk8r

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    Where is Tigers?
     
  12. Irishdave

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    He was up late last night
     
  13. eduk8r

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    I saw that. I've been out of commission for a few days--you guys/ya'll have been having a lot of fun with this!:angel:
     
  14. jd123

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    Two negatives can make a positive, but 2 positives can't make a negative.

    Yah, right.
     
  15. Aliceacc

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    Sure they can.

    A small positive minus a larger positive is a negative:

    3-7=-4

    Gotta love math!
     
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    My above post was a little joke....very little!
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    If it's any consolation, jd123, I got it.

    (It's an old linguistics joke.)
     
  18. eduk8r

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    Why don't ya'll start a math thread? Grammar is fun. Math is...math. LOL
     
  19. Irishdave

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    Shouldn't that be written as 3+(-7)=-4

    2 positives can't make a negative
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    Alice is into math, and eduk8r is clearly into... aftermath.
     
  21. Aliceacc

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    It CAN be written that way, but doesn't need to be. To subtract, you can add the opposite. Or you can just subtract.

    Yes, two positives CAN make a negative.
     
  22. eduk8r

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    Yes...Seriously though, I do enjoy math, but I LOVE English.
     
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    Now stop talking about math, you guys! :) (Just kidding. Well, not really, but I don't want to make anyone "mad" or seem pushy. :))
     
  24. Aliceacc

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    OK, sorry for the hijack!

    I'm off to find that good book and OK wine (we're all out of the good stuff :( ) I mentioned on another thread.

    Have a good evening!
     
  25. Tigers

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    There is a lot wrong with my grammar. If you read over my posts there are numerous spelling errors; I am sure a couple of comma splices. And though I sincerely hope there is not, I would not be surprised to find an unintentional sentence fragment in some of my writing. There have been many times where I just sit down to write a quick post. I do not read over my posts before I send them, because I would end up re-writing the whole post. There is always a more precise way to state something that you just threw out (<--- dangling preposition, There are probably several of these in my posts as well).
     
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    While we are talking about math...

    Do we, teachers, judge people on their mathematical abilities?
     
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    Oops, one last example: logarithims!!!

    log base 2 of 1/2 is -1.

    Just think of all the other examples there!!!

    Now, good night for real!
     
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    Oh great, now I'm paranoid to post anything if you think there is a lot wrong with YOUR grammar, Tigers!:rolleyes: ;)
     
  29. eduk8r

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    Tigers, it sounds "as if" you know your stuff--and as though you're harder on yourself than I hope anyone else is. Now, back to grammar...:)
    P.S. Alice, I didn't mean to chase you away!
     
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    I sure hope not!!!!!!:eek:
     
  31. eduk8r

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    Ahhhh! Stop it! No, seriously, in my house we say I am "higher mathmatically challenged." I can only deal with up to 7th grade math. It's a miracle I passed the one high math course I had to take to get my B.S.
     
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    Tigers, are you prepositioning us?
     
  33. jd123

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    Who remembers the doll (Barbie doll?) that had recorded messages? One of those messages was something like, "Math is so hard." There was an uproar, and the doll's messages were changed.
     
  34. eduk8r

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    My barbies never said that! Bad Barbie. Are you talking about me, anyway?:)
     
  35. jd123

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    This wasn't that long ago. A couple of years ago maybe?
     
  36. Tigers

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    I didn't play with dolls...They were ACTION FIGURES...YOU HEAR ACTION FIGURES!
     
  37. eduk8r

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    I'm also "directionally challenged", too. My kids say they're going to make a coat of arms for me showing me looking clueless, arms crossed and pointing in opposing directions.
     
  38. eduk8r

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    Action figures = Man Barbies.
     
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    Ken
     
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    Ohmigosh, I forgot to place a comma after "arms crossed." :crosseyed
     
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