Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tinder Box

I was massively indignant yesterday.  Every problem needed solving, and it needed solving immediately!  And people just need to get it DONE!

That's how it was.

Alas, one kid kept not punctuating dialogue correctly because he was very focused on including inside jokes from Vine, rather than putting the comma inside the quotation marks and indenting for each new speaker. I found my ire rising in response to this stimulus.

"Stop including jokes from Vine, and instead try very hard to get the punctuation and spacing right," I directed, firmly.

This had no effect.  The next little vignette also contained asinine allusions to Vine and incorrect punctuation.  I diagnosed disparate aims.  I wanted mastery of a writing skill; he wanted recognition for being hilarious.

Unfortunately, this could not be resolved within the timeframe of the lesson, and I'll have to try again later today.

1 comment:

Jill said...

I'm sorry that happened, but I really appreciate being "massively indignant."