Teaching ability: Natural or Acquired?

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    25YearsIn was teasing me, a little: she knows I can grammar-nazi with the best of them.
     
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    And, yes, 25YearsIn is very cool.
     
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    Takes one to know one. :)
     
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    blushing

    Gee, thanks!
     
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    Oh dear, what's a girl to do? I wait a whole year to post anything substantial, attempting to live down my embarrassment about last year's shameless hijacking of a very decent thread, still blushing that the subject involved the Demon Tequila. All right, all right, I had accomplices, no question about that. (You know who you are....) But I digress. This time I held myself to addressing the thread's sub-topic and then primary topic in the most stringent terms ... not one salt rim in sight. Not a frisbee mentioned. A pristine posting. And what do I find tonight but that two of you have hijacked a second thread in my name. And TG, of all people, telling tales out of school. Sheesh!!! Didja hafta give a link!!?? Oh sadness and woe, what to do? Oh, the shame of it all. Isn't someone in charge of this thread? Um. Wait. TG?
     
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    On Grammar Wars:

    k8r, Grammar Nazis have attempted to ride the E/LA fences for centuries. I'd just say this: in a skirmish, you really, really want TG for your team. Even better, just turn her loose and let her be the team. You'll be treated to the most civilized rout imaginable, utter destruction over tea.
     
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    Shameless hijacking beats the heck out of shameful hijacking, no?
     
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    (muttering and blushing brightly enough to read by) Speaking of shameless...
     
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    This thread is so far gone... ;)
    Well, it was nice while it lasted. Enjoy the grammar wars...
     
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    And 25YearsIn is fibbing: that was late summer, and according to my calendar, it's still spring in this hemisphere.
     
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    But humor is such an important tool in the classroom. And an ability to seize an interruption and make a teachable moment of it is a fine part of the teacherly armamentarium.
     
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    Oh, I am so sorry I missed this conversation last night! I couldn't keep my eyes open and went to sleep at nine. But you started off my morning with laughs full of delight. The two of you are just priceless. And together you make a great team. Please don't stop...:)
     
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    sniff Let's see. So far:

    You, k8r, suggest my prose is derivative

    TG accuses me of fibbing (sheesh, like any teacher doesn't know that the term year used in June can only mean the academic one, not the calendar one. image a cat's tail twitching in annoyance)

    And Bored might as well have said There goes the neighborhood....

    Y'all sure know how to make a girl feel welcome ....
     
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    25 Years In, once again spontaneous delighted laughter. This is too much fun. Okay there is a thread called "to infinity..." please go there. Please. :)
     
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    prostrate, heavy sighing, beating of breast & heaping dirt upon head

    Just when you think you're out ...
     
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    No need to RSVP, just drop in anytime. :)
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    Out as in far out, 25YearsIn (which usage dates us both, I fear).
     
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    I've dated myself even further back with this reference, it seems. No Godfather fans here?
     
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    No, that was too early for me. And though it is constantly referenced I have this thing about not watching violence and not glorifying criminal behavior so... But tbo was forced to watch the last 7 minutes of it the other day in her ap lit class because the teacher wanted to demonstrate "stream of consciousness." I told her to spare me the details... :)
     
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    Right. Well, this referenced Godfather III. At the time the media was full of a sound byte of the Pacino character intoning, "Just when you think you're out ... they puuuuuullll you back in." (Do a Google on "just when you think you're out" + Godfather. Fun to see all the subsequent permutations of that little clip.)

    I got puuuulllled in because my Shakespeare prof offered us the challenge of writing a comparison of the Henry cycles to the Godfather movies rather than taking his killer blue book final. I had something else to do on the finals date, else I'd most likely have ignored the Corleone saga too. Is all.
     
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    Aha: a case of an author you couldn't refuse?
     
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    Oh, hah hah. (that's an affected ha ha)

    And 25 Years In, the truth is I don't know when any of the Godfather epics came out. There's a gap in my education. I just know I've been hearing about them it feels like forever. I know everybody loves the movies, but I'm just not into gangsta's. :)
     
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    Makes three of us, from the sound of things.
     
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    Three of us doing what?
     
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    Not (necessarily) into gangstas.
     
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    Well, that's the draw, and the basis for comparison to Shakespeare too. Both cycles were about sons of gangstas who really weren't cut out to be gangstas--but had to be, given that they stood to inherit the shop. I've just erased two or three current examples of this kind of dilemma. It's Friday. I've just had a lovely meal. Gonna go take a walk. And bless you, k8r, for continuing to ignore those dates.
     
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    Hear, hear!

    Enjoy your walk, 25YearsIn...
     
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    Ignoring what? I didn't hear anything. :)
    Shakespeare I do like, especially the Taming of the Shrew. Oh, have you ever seen the Broadway production called "Kiss Me Kate"....we love it. You will laugh just about nonstop, it's so funny and well-acted.
     
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    Oh! A revival of a revival of a play within a play!

    Seriously: Kiss Me, Kate is indeed tremendous fun - some of Cole Porter's most sparkling music and lyrics, among other things.
     
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    Yeah, like "It's too darn hot" fits here for me tonight...
     
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    This would be the 1999 revival, yes? I hear they did well with that. As for Shrew, I saw what was for me the definitive version live in about 1976, give or take a year. This was the ACT version directed by Browning and starring a very young Mark Singer. (25YrsIn admits here--with only a slight wince--to a certain nostalgia for the days when she was young enough to laugh at something called "The Taming of the Shrew." Ah, innocence.)
     
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    (TeacherGroupie sings cheerfully off-key, with apologies to Cole Porter but not very many)

    We opened with teaching
    We next went to boredom
    Then to introversion
    And a 25Year excursion...
     
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    Oh, am I ever in deep spaghetti now...
     
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    25 Years In: Oh, no, I'm not one of those sisters, no, no, no hedgemony for me. The Taming of the Shrew is the first of Shakespeare's plays I ever read. I wanted to know if I was going to like this man or not. :) You have to admit, this girl needed a little taming. It was horrible and humiliating for her, but...then they lived happily ever after. :)
    TG: It's been wonderful hasn't it? :)
    But there is someone missing here tonight. And I guess that's a good thing, considering all the topics covered. But it's not the same.
     
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    What did I miss? What have you done, TG?
     
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    (meekly)
    But it rhymed and scanned, didn't it?
     
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    Failed to resist a temptation.
     
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    It rhymed
    It scanned
    One has to hand
    it to TG
    whose poetry
    could maybe orter
    rival Porter
     
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    applause applause applause
     
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    (TG sings in a much more chastened manner)

    It's too darned bad,
    It's too darned bad,
    We'd like to be getting silly tonight,
    Drink quad lattes, vanillae, tonight,
    But that's just not in the drillae tonight
    And it's Shrew darned bad.
     
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