Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Nice roses and an unsuccessful bit of teaching

I've been studying "Spies" by Michael Frayn with one of my classes. This is a novel set in the Second World War.

Also, intermittently, I've been trying to improve the students' use of the apostrophe.

An essay, yesterday: "The Second World War was between the German's and the Jew's."

There's really not a lot for me, as the teacher, to feel smug about here, is there?


  1. Keep fighting the good fight, Isabelle. If I had a red pen it would have been twitching!

  2. I burst out laughing.
    I have noticed there must have been some 'awareness raising' going on around here too, as I have noticed several signs for things such as 'Pie's', 'Apple's', & 'Sandwiche's'.
    'All our gold jewellry's has 30% off'

  3. it does seem to be fashionable to use apostrophes at present which is fine by me, but if semicolons become the in thing, then I'm doomed.

  4. Hey Isabelle, they are some pretty wonderful roses you have in that pic!

    But I think the question everyone is wanting to ask but is too polite to, where is your MeMe I tagged you for? Huh? Huh?

  5. Keep trying.... I saw a sign in a pet shop recently. "Averie's for sale". I nearly went and bought a red pen.I teach in a secondary school, and the kids keep asking if I am posh. No, I reply. I simply speak grammatically. They have no idea what that means.

  6. I've just reread your post. I think you may need to have a word with your students' history teacher too!