Thump, Thump. Thump

The sound of a teacher’s head gently pounding against the wall. Gently because I didn’t want to repair the sheetrock if I put my cranium through the material.

Apparently something was in the water, or the wind, or yes, because Day Job wasn’t the only bastion of education afflicted with… well, I don’t quite know what, but everyone I’ve talked to had A Week. I’m going to blame the weather change and the waxing moon.

My week was capped (crowned?) with a completed assignment containing an error that I had just spent 4 lessons trying to prevent and explaining in detail.

Thump, thump, thump.


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13 thoughts on “Thump, Thump. Thump

  1. I once had something on C++ published. To protect against typographical errors and misreading, I wrote ” ‘ell u’ “. Some editor(s) turned it, probably in two steps, into “1u” in the galleys. I sent it back marked up, explaining as politely as I could manage, that they had made exactly the error that I had worked to defend against. The editors got more careful after that.

    • Years ago, I was giving a presentation of selling to the transportation industry…sketched out a slide which included a ship, a train, a truck, and an airplane. Since my artistic skills are not of the best, I included notes to the graphic artist: “this is a ship”, “this is a train”, etc. Guess who the slide came out?

  2. It’s a little early to blame the waxing moon. However, I think the dark of this moon was the Simple Harvest, when simpletons get collected. Another bumper crop, unfortunately.

  3. It’s been sufficiently a week to drive me to drinking. I had clients achieve the trifecta of angry, rude, and incoherent… *sigh*

    And then there was the gent fresh out of Saudi who was absolutely horrified that he was expected to talk to a woman not related to him! I could almost feel sorry for him. Almost…

  4. “an error that I had just spent 4 lessons trying to prevent and explaining in detail.”

    Let E = the error you were trying to prevent.

    Student: “She just spent 4 lessons talking about E. I didn’t actually listen to what she said, but I scribbled E in my notes every day. E must be really important! I better make sure to use it in my essay.”

    The number of people who use language to communicate information is much, much smaller than the number of people who listen for a few words which they then rearrange in a syntactically pleasing manner.An effort to get linguistics graduate students to
    understand the definition of a transitive relation once left me literally banging my head on the blackboard in front of the entire class. And that wasn’t even a particularly extra-stupid week.

    • Probably.

      Back several years ago, I overheard several members of the English department threatening a beer run [beer escape break?] over the inability of students in all grade levels to understand why past perfect and past imperfect are not interchangeable.

      • I think I still have an old copy of Strunk & White (the 3″ thick grammar book) for this type of emergency; it’s not as a reference, but to be applied instead of a paddle to the nether regions. There are times when simple imprinting, and not imparting, knowledge becomes tempting.

      • I don’t remember. I don’t care.

        Having some way to turn txtspk into English, that would be useful. I get *business* messages in gibberish…

  5. How many are naturally stupid and how many are stupid out of habit? It makes me wish for the old days of the monsignor who could nail a back-seat student with a half-inch bit of chalk at 50 mph–and who proved it at need. Not for the oaf who couldn’t learn, but for the jerk who refused to.

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