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Classroom English: Does It Pay to Go Along with the Crowd?

Okay, this article is perhaps a bit foolish. But perhaps something can be learned from my experience.

The setting: 6th grade. The subject: English. The occupation: verb declension.

Now currently, some would claim I have a firm grasp on the English language. If I traveled to a "foreign land", I would probably be one of the better English teachers available.

But we're talking 6th grade here. I stank at verb declension.

I was to decline a verb. Two other students came up before me. Here's how it went...

Teacher: To SWIM... Student 1: SWIM, SWAM, SWUM

Teacher: To DRINK... Student 2: DRINK, DRANK, DRUNK

Clever Vince, you know how to interpret this! The three forms involve an I, then an A, then a U! Simple.

Teacher: To DIG... Vince: DIG, DAG, DUG

Hm. The man once dag a hole. Hm.

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MegL wrote on November 21, 2018, 9:55 AM

Lol. I remember something like this from school. The teacher asked which mathematical operation you would use get an answer to a problem. The answer was multiplication and I knew that. But she asked each child in turn and I was near the end. The first few said "addition", so everybody else said "addition" including me. It was a valuable lesson.

VinceSummers wrote on November 21, 2018, 11:06 AM

But you seem to have learned that lesson well. If there's one thing I would gather about you, it isn't that you "go along with the crowd".

MegL wrote on November 21, 2018, 6:47 PM

Yes, it's an important lesson to learn but it can still be difficult to apply.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 13, 2019, 10:16 AM

I once tried to read several sentences by using the same consonant in every word. De dan das dizzy dut de did dot dall. The man was dizzy but he did not fall. And I got pretty good at it but it was complete nonsense of course. Jibber Jabber Jake and Simple Sammy Sancho Went wild whenever Fishing for fortune and as always faltered frequently. LOL