Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Teaching is Touching the Future

Star Trek seems to be a theme with me lately...

Last week, I taught my grammar class the five things that make a sentence complete. We went over the necessity for a capital letter at the beginning and some kind of punctuation at the end, that a complete sentence needed both a subject and a verb, and that it must express at least one complete thought.

I taught them this using Vulcan Fingers. Four of the five things fall conveniently into natural pairs, really - the capital at the beginning and the punctuation at the end, and the subject/verb relationship very neatly go together. The thumb, out all on its own, is the complete thought.

Yesterday, when I reviewed last week's class, I asked my students to tell me the five things that make a sentence complete. One student - God love him - made Vulcan Fingers and was able to list every requirement. Watching him, I realized that kid's going to remember that trick - probably for the rest of his life - and maybe even teach it to his own kids someday.

Teaching really is touching the future.


Blogger Kizz said...

Touching the future with a Vulcan Mind Meld, even!

October 11, 2006 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and I LOVE this tip. I hope you don't mind, but I'm planning to steal it and use it on my tenth graders Monday. Thanks.

You will have touched 40-odd more kids.

Thanks a million!

October 20, 2006 7:29 PM  
Blogger Mrs.Chili said...

COOL!! Let me know how it works out for you, Anonymous! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your classes!

October 21, 2006 3:02 PM  

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