Monday, November 8, 2010

Stop the Presses!

Making the Grade

An important assignment inflicted upon all of my Intro to Journalism cherubs before I unleash them and their reporters' notebooks on an unsuspecting public, is the Room 215 Press Conference. The students gather at the feet of their mentor ~ that would be moi ~ and ask questions.

The goal is to see if they ask enough questions of depth and quality to write a half-way decent story about yours truly. And also a dynamite way to check their note-taking abilities, since I'm the one they're interviewing.

Well, I slogged through a whole class set this weekend (did I mention that I have 67 "budding scribes," crammed into two classes, this year? Dang those budget cuts!), and I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there were a few mis-steps, to say the least ~ apparently one child thinks I have twin girls, 3 years apart and another referred to me as "elderly and wise" ~ but for the most part, I liked what I saw.

My newbies are shaping up nicely. Here are a few of the "gems," though, that could be filed under the headline, "Bloopers and Other Strange Stuff That High School Students Say." I've included my responses in italics. And no, I didn't write all of these smart-assed replies on the kids' papers. Only some of them.

  • "She is the proud mother of twin girls, who are only three years apart in age." Well, they do look alike when they're wearing their cheeseheads!
  • "Mrs. Scribe says she keeps teaching because she enjoys it. 'It's the money and the power, too,' she said." You betcha! Teaching is quite the lucrative profession, I'd say.
  • "She's goofy, but at the same time she gets work done." With Principal Man and his Merry Band of Idiots around, sometimes that's the only way to accomplish anything.
  • "The way she teaches is just really frustrating." That's a quote from one of my AP Lang students. BTW, he has a "D+" in my class.
  • "She fears she will become irrelevant." Huh?
  • "She's got the big picture in life." And I've also got a Room with a View.
  • "She looks at the class and says, 'I'm like a big, dumb giant'." Or a Gangsta. Take your pick.
  • "All of the things that teachers usually do go out the window with Mrs. Scribe." Hmmmmmmm...I thought it was only my students who go out the window?
  • "Mrs. Scribe likes to mix things up. 'I don't rock the boat too much, just a little to keep it interesting." Shake it like a polaroid picture.
  • "Nothing you do in high school could really affect the rest of your life unless you really, really, really screw up." And yes, that's a direct quote. I say stuff like that all the time!


Tracy P. said...

Oh, more of these Mrs. Scribe! What a hoot!

Early retirement seems imminent, what with all that money and power!

Tara R. said...

You mean it's not all about the money? Sounds like you have a very entertaining group of cherubs this year.

TortugaRachel said...

Hehe, I agree with Tracy, must have more of these!! I love your comments on their comments. Is the picture an actual corrected student work?

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Jeanie said...

Great, but big group of kids. These were great. Only you could have twins three years apart.

Susie said...

It's interesting to have that mirror held up:-)

Nappi said...

I don't know about elderly, but I agree about the wise part.

cat said...

Oh my, some of these really are hilarious! But you definitely have great influence in their lives.

Julie M. said...

Shake it like a polaroid. That one got me laughing out loud. Those are some good lines!

Sarah said...

You? Goofy? What about those precious cherubs?


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