“Old English Teachers” April 1 Post

Someone sent me an invitation from NaPoWriMo to write a poem a day for a month, but I need a website to post them. Since this is the only blog/website I have, I’m going to use this one. There will be a poem each day for a month, all written on the day they were posted, dashed off quickly, but what fun to have completed 30 poems by the end of the month. Please join me and post your poems here, as well.

Earlier today, someone posted a comment, then wrote back to change “lying” to “laying.” Of course, I had to fight my better nature and write back that he was actually right the first time. I then included this little poem, written in about a minute, to soften that pedantic blow. Yes, I really am a “reformed” English teacher. But I backslide now and then:

Old English teachers never die.
They just advise on “lay or lie?”
Driving friends who are grammatically hazy
Completely crazy!!!!

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

24 thoughts on ““Old English Teachers” April 1 Post

  1. zara M.

    You made me smile it happens all the time I’m not English speaker so man do I slip a lot but yet we have nice readers and we speak from the heart so if there is a spelling or grammar error no harm to pinpoint that.
    I liked your post there is a Sence of honesty which I admire
    Best regards.

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    1. grieflessons Post author

      Thanks, Zara. So happy to have you reading my blog. I am living in a country that is Spanish-speaking and I moved here knowing almost no Spanish, so I am completely sympathetic to working in a foreign language. You are doing fine! People here are kind enough not to constantly correct my Spanish as I speak. That is encouraging as corrections don’t get in the way of communication. Keep doing what you are doing! Nice to meet you. Judy


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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I was just rereading some papers I wrote for my teaching methods and curriculum and instruction courses in college. (Yes, I still have them, and unearthed them when I was looking for old work that could possibly be included in a book I was thinking of writing.) I realized the huge influence one education teacher (Leo Cottle, U. Of Wyoming) had been in my life regarding teaching by experiential methods. It branched out into my entire life and made me realize my need to learn by experience. That influenced my entire teaching career as well, I hope, as that of all of my students.

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          1. koolkosherkitchen

            I haven’t heard of this teacher – my loss, I am sure! – but every time I hit the topic of John Dewey and experiential learning, I get a riot in the classroom. It is very difficult to change the image of a teacher as the bearer of knowledge filling empty heads with the aforementioned knowledge.
            Having said that, years ago I did a workshop at a conference in MIT on experiential learning of history, where I had one of Harvard deans climb under a table playing a caveman. I do a lot of that kind of stuff – I am crazy that way!

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