Thursday, April 17, 2008

Vocabulary (BTT)

Suggested by Nithin:

I’ve always wondered what other people do when they come across a word/phrase that they’ve never heard before. I mean, do they jot it down on paper so they can look it up later, or do they stop reading to look it up on the dictionary/google it or do they just continue reading and forget about the word?
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I usually just blow right by it. I usually can figure it out based on context clues from the sentence or the sentences that came before or after but I'm just a little too "unmotivated" to actually go hunting for it. The exception would be a "cool" sounding word. Wish I had an example of one of those right now but I don't. Not very teacher like of me. Of course the exception is when I am reading something for teaching when it would be pretty bad if I had no idea what Iwas talking about. I always look everything up then.

My "favorite" is when a kid plagiarizes a paper and uses words I've never heard of before. I'll tell them that I have a Masters and I've been teaching for 10 years and have never heard of word X before and I'd love it if they could explain it to me and how they understood it enough to use it in their paper. This is usually where tears starts and I get the confession. Our kids seem to think "cutting and pasting" from Google is OK. (OK--i'm getting off topic)


Happy Thursday

3 comments:

Table Talk said...

Oh tell me about it! It's always a dead give-away, isn't it? That or when the pedestrian simple sentence structure suddenly turns into a sophisticated style that you know they could never manage in a million years.

BookGal said...

I was laughing because I've pulled that same line with my older students. I've heard some of the most creative definitions that way!

Literary Feline said...

Unfamiliar words would be a dead giveaway, that's for sure. I think kids have been trying to get away with stuff like that for quite a while now. It's funny--but also very sad.

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