Monday, April 03, 2006


Seventh period, the last of the day, is what's called a literacy lab. It's a remedial class for kids who scored very low on some standardized language test. Our lab consists of five kids - three girls and two boys - and we try to spend some time each class working on some of the basic structures of English. Some of the kids do better with the basics than others.

True story:

Today, after the lesson, I left them with a half an hour in which to read. Two of the students - both of the boys - asked me if we could spend the time playing Scrabble. It's one of my favorite games, so I said "sure!"

One of the boys is a little frustrating to play with, though, because he insists on asking me if a collection of letters is a word. "Mrs. Chili, is 'g-a-m' a word? Is 'l-o-c' a word?" He does this all the time. He did this today.

We were about fifteen minutes into the game when this boy turns to me and says "Mrs. Chili, is 'y-o-u' a word?"

I looked at the boy and said "ask me again?" Which he does. I had ALL I could do to keep a straight face.

"Sweetie," I said, "if you don't know, you can't use the word."

He didn't.


Anonymous claudia said...

gam (noun) social visit or friendly interchange particularly among whalers.

April 03, 2006 10:11 PM  
Anonymous claudia said...

The picture you posted of Mary Shelly does not have the second "E" in the name. All other references to her are spelled "Shelley".Do you know which is correct?

April 04, 2006 12:17 PM  
Blogger Mrs.Chili said...

You're right, Claudia - I hadn't noticed the spelling error. Shelley's name has an "e" at the end. I've corrected it by replacing the picture.

April 04, 2006 3:17 PM  
Blogger HomeFireBlue said...

Apologies for the comment apropos of nothing, but I need your email addy! LOL!


April 06, 2006 8:51 AM  

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