“No one would ever bother a Wall Street millionaire for being an addict as long as he is good at his job, and quite frankly, this job involves being evil a lot more than most.”
Where does the time go? Another semester has whooshed by and our final grades have been submitted. What this means for teachers is not relief at no more marking; rather, the beginning of the deluge of pleading emails from students. My colleague recently received this one:
I have had so many students think it is okay to send me emails demanding I change their grade simply because they showed up for class. But this is a classic.
“I wouldn’t mind choosing soccer over a girl anytime even if in some case it puts her life in danger.”
Recently, some students were asked to write an essay about theme of the story “The Thing About Luck” by Canadian writer Renee Hartlieb. It is a great short story about a man coming to terms with the murder of his wife. His wife had been considered lucky all her life and indeed, had named her dog “Lucky”. The wife even said of herself that “she had horseshoes up her ass.”
This turn of phrased really captured the imagination of the some of the fledgling writers. To wit:
“Horseshoe, being a symbol of luck, in someone’s ass, creates as imaginative idea and permits to better understand how lucky she actually was.’
We all need a little symbol of luck in ass sometimes, don’t we?
“Diana had all the luck in the world when it came to materialistic things, but the one day she needed a horseshoe inside of her more than anything, it was not there.”
And last, but not least today:
“Life is a great gift given by God therefore, it should be cherished and fun. Unfortnuately, life is not always made of path of roses.”
So true, dat.
See you tomorrow. With luck.
…. and our students have entered the negotiation stage. One of my colleagues — let’s call her Cheri — just shared a funny nugget:
Most recent request from student who answered every question on his open book test wrong: “I see that I did the opposite of what you asked but since I did something can’t I have some points for trying? I want to be at least near the average. Thank you”
I think the polite ‘thank you‘ is my favourite part. Points for trying?! *forehead slap*