Short Take: Comments and Epigrams

epigramAs a teacher, one of the most difficult things I had to do was come up with comments for the report card.  Of course, when I taught in High School, no comments were needed.  A simple number grade, like 92, was sufficient.  Sometimes the administration got it into their heads that a number was too defining, it needed to be something with more breadth, like a B+.  I know that in one school where I taught, there were to be no minuses.  No one was an A-; if their average was 90-94, it was to be listed as an A.  Having a minus after their grade was too demeaning and threatened to deflate their self-esteem.  But I digress.  I began talking about comments.  I want to share with you the best one I ever wrote for a 5th grade student:

Samantha’s strong apathy is evident in class and is counterproductive to the acquisition of knowledge.  (Translation: Samantha doesn’t give a shit and isn’t learning anything!)


goatMy favorite note from a parent in a rural community where I taught 7th grade math was: Sorry that Billy doesn’t have his homework today; the goat ate it.

Here’s a witticism that I love: The best of us talk about ideas; most of us talk about things; the worst of us talk about people.  Now doesn’t that just say it all?  It kinda runs the gamut from TED talks to People Magazine.

Before I sign off, will everyone who believes in telekinesis please raise my hand?comments2



    Very good… write so well….!! much love…thanks for supper and the extra goodies…..much love always….Joe 73…!

  2. lewisbaden

    Enjoyable as always.

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