Sounds good to me.

Student definition:

 

“Advocate- a food made with advocadoes”

 

(this is one of my favorites, which I hope some day becomes a real dish)

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5 thoughts on “Sounds good to me.

  1. Hi there:

    Before I get to the main point, you might want to take note of the fact that when the posts are viewed in their abbreviated form, with several grouped on one page, the ellipses on your longer posts don’t link to anything. Perhaps that’s a WordPress function that’s not working correctly,
    or…perhaps something else is up. You might want to check that out.

    I’ve been reading your blog for about the past twenty minutes. Although many of your students’gaffes and malapropisms are indeed funny (and a little sad), the context in which you’ve placed them makes you less sympathetic, and makes them out to be victims—ignorant, and sometimes stupid
    victims. I don’t believe that’s what they are, but put in the context of your opening post, they come off as malinformed, under-educated ignoramuses. Until a moment ago, while clicking on individual posts to figure out the ellipsis problem, I hadn’t seen any reader comments. One guy called you an idiot. That was unfortunate,but I understand that he was sympathetic to the
    kid because of the context in which you framed the story.

    Your first post says, in part: “and a vast percentage of my students have NO common sense whatsoever. “. If this were my blog, I’d have cut out any editorial / commentary. It puts you in a bad light. A thought such as the one of yours I
    quoted should be kept behind closed doors of teachers lounges, and other such places. I thought some of the gaffes were kinda stupid, and the malapropisms worthy of the Facebook status updates of low-level punstresses like me.
    However, I realized there HAS to be a social context in which your blog is framed. If a vast majority of your students think and speak as you’ve said, there’s a bigger problem. Is it the teachers, the local government, the parents? If
    you want to use your blog as an editorial forum to tell us what’s wrong with the state of education today, that’s great! I’d welcome this as an argument to overhaul public education, to make test score requirements much more stringent,
    and to perhaps group the dim bulbs together into a class that won’t bring down those with A and B averages.

    Your post about “doin’ it right now, ain’t nobody not said nothin’ ’bout none dat yet” highlights an extreme, unfortunate example of just how poorly equipped these children are/will be if they continue as they are. I too lament the demise of English as spoken in public schools today, but to tag it with an explanation (that
    your readers clearly don’t need), and an editorial (“Ah, clearly spoken English. “) makes you seem like you believe yourself to be superior. It makes it seem like you’re making fun of the kid rather than laughing at the things the kid said.
    By contrast, the girl in your “most wonderful time of the year” post was clearly an idiot. Hopefully in five years or so, she’ll see this blog post, realize it was her you were talking about, and say to herself “Wow, I really was a dumb kid.”. But let readers figure that out for themselves. Your readers are clearly a pretty
    smart bunch. It seems you have at least a few teachers reading your blog regularly.

    It’s clear that you ARE making fun of the students. You probably shouldn’t do that in public. Please keep writing the blog. I look forward to future posts. However, I suggest that you remove the editorial, and stick to the funny stories that set up the punch line, and then the
    funny quote or the story. If you put yourself out there as a collector and aggregator and aggregator or funny stories, that’s how people will see you. The editorial, and the bit in your opening post probably don’t serve you well.

    This model http://clientsfromhell.net/ is so effective, that publishers came to the blog authors offering a book deal.

    I wish you good luck in your teaching efforts, and hope you get a higher class of students in the future.

    Dana

    • This blog is perfect just the way it is.

      From the way you talk about America’s educational systems it’s obvious you are not a teacher (or otherwise involved). I am not insulting you, I’m just saying things are much more complicated than your solutions suggest. The fact is, the only way to elevate our schools is through hard work (by parents, teachers, the community, and especially students). There are many factors that add up to the hilarious situations on this blog. We can all do something to fix this problem. If you are a student, be studious. If you are a teacher, teach those children well. If you are a parent, teach your child something new or learn with them. If you are a member of the community, pay your taxes, and (if you want to do a little extra) support your local school. You can tutor for free at your local library, go to a sporting event to cheer the home team, or work with a high school to start an internship program with your local business. If you were already doing this, then you would relate to the commentary here.

      The best way to protect these children is to teach them better, and protect them from themselves.

      I think middleschoolproverbs would agree that life would be much more satisfying if we did not have these stories to tell.

      • Right, Joey:

        I’m not a teacher. But I do understand what it’s like for a teacher to make fun of a student IN PUBLIC. This isn’t about the commentary, it’s about the context. You wanna make fun of the kid, name names, give out the kid’s social security number, FINE. Just don’t do it where other people can see it. Go to a teachers support group, or make the blog private, pass a private link around at union meetings, start a listserv for teachers only…but don’t do THIS if you insist on adding commentary, AND not proposing a solution…or even coming close.

  2. She obviously does not teach middle school as I have done for 12 years. Oh and wanna is not a word, it should be “want to”, maybe she needs to go back to middle school. Keep up the good work and we know you teach these children well, or you would not be able to blog like you do. It takes an amazing person to teach middle school and I applaud all that do, including myself.

  3. Dana-

    In case you are not aware, middleschoolproverbs does not use his/her real name in any of the stories posted to this blog. Students names are never used, nor is the name/location the school in question ever mentioned.

    I just thought that you should be aware that names are not named on this blog.

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