Student: Why isn’t the on-line test working, it’s not working right! Me: Did you do the on-line tutorial? Student: Yeah, yeah, and now the test isn’t working! The stupid machine is so old! Me: *checks computer* seems OK. Student: This isn’t working! *using many many words. * Student: *continues to complain* Me: Student, if you… Read More Student So Wise
It is the middle of November. Nature: “Baby, it’s old outside.” The school building has problems with the heat. They should send everyone home, instead of everyone sitting in their coats. I have heard a lot of conversations about how American Culture has changed from romantic pressure being normal to romantic pressure being… Read More Happy November
… Because There Can be Only One, right? There can only ever be ONE RIGHT ANSWER. Argh. Variations on There Can be Only One I tried hard to be able to come to New York. Immigrating was not easy. I had to work hard to immigrate. It took a lot of effort to immigrate. Only… Read More The One True Way of Rephrasing
Telling an angry or upset person to keep calm has worked approximately zero percent of the time. A line that actually works for me is, “I need you to speak clearly long enough to let me know what’s going on.” It’s amazing how many people are willing to let go of their rage if they… Read More Hi, Angry Student, Calm Down!
Writing is hard: True fact. You have to organize your thoughts more clearly than if you were just talking, because when you talk you can backtrack and fill in details that you left out. Writing has to be more organized than that. The first draft is allowed to be a mess! Student tried to get… Read More The Dreaded First Draft
“I got to the end of 12 pages. I’m done writing, right?” Students sometimes need a little help with organizing their papers. Do the words say what Student meant to say? Are all the ideas about SubTopic A near each other, or are they mixed in with SubTopics B & C? If so, was that… Read More Student, did you read what you wrote?
Dear High School & College studetns writing your end-of-term papers, When using spell-check options, its important to know the difference between nouns, ver bs, and adjectives. It was a four car collided. It was a four car collision There were four cars in the collision Four cars collided. The collided of two cultures. A collision… Read More Verbing Nouns