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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.