not exactly threatening

19 02 2009

there’s usually a student in every class who’s the one who needs the most attention, & in my 2 o’clock class, it’s T. he talks a lot, but it’s more often to me than to other people, so i try to redirect his questions and comments to make them group-useful more often than i shush them overall, because folks who need attention are often easier to deal with when you give it to them. and he’s a bright kid; if i can keep him focused, he’ll learn something. he needs to learn something, because he’s one of those bright kids who thinks if he waves around a large vocabulary and writes unnecessarily complicated sentences, that that’s “good” writing and he’ll get an A, so if i don’t keep him following me here, he’s going to do poorly and be pissed and crying injustice & all of what my grandmother calls “that good rot,” so i come around to where he sits a lot, and comment frequently on his drafts and in-process work, and my comments are suggestions and encouragements for how to make what he’s doing better, not praise for what he has already (it’s not hard to tell that he’s already had more than enough of that). this drives him crazy, of course. he wants the notice, but he wants it to be praise-colored, or he wants me to criticize him so he can argue; encouraging suggestions acknowledging his current work as insufficient are not something he’s practiced with handling.

“you fluster me,” he announced loudly the other day as i was walking away from his paper to go offer similarly constructive feedback to somebody else’s. “extreme flusterment!” “i know,” i agreed, and tried to be reassuring: “i think it’s okay.”

he eyed me warily, stagey, all eyes on him, and after a moment conceded. “o…kay.” then, after another minute’s pause: “which one is your vehicle?”

i don’t think he was surprised that i only smirked and didn’t answer that.

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12 responses

19 02 2009
robotapocalypse

Aaaaaw. . . you have a stalker.

19 02 2009
robotapocalypse

Aaaaaw. . . you have a stalker.

19 02 2009
donnickcottage

Sounds latently dangerous to me.

19 02 2009
donnickcottage

Sounds latently dangerous to me.

19 02 2009
armitige3

Subtlety, thy name is *not* T.

19 02 2009
armitige3

Subtlety, thy name is *not* T.

20 02 2009
metalmonkey

Those inclined to use “extreme flusterment” are usually not inherently dangerous. Asking “which car is yours” is also not by itself a threat. Keep an eye/ear out for further inquisition as to personal details.
Or lie, and feed him false information. I drive.. uh, green civic. Yeah.

20 02 2009
metalmonkey

Those inclined to use “extreme flusterment” are usually not inherently dangerous. Asking “which car is yours” is also not by itself a threat. Keep an eye/ear out for further inquisition as to personal details.
Or lie, and feed him false information. I drive.. uh, green civic. Yeah.

22 02 2009
deity_inc

how sweet…….
sounds like he has a crush on teacher πŸ˜‰

22 02 2009
tyra

Re: how sweet…….
i doubt it.
but, darn it, wouldn’t i deserve it if he did? somebody oughta have a crush on this brilliant font of rhetorical knowledge over here!

22 02 2009
tyra

Re: how sweet…….
i doubt it.
but, darn it, wouldn’t i deserve it if he did? somebody oughta have a crush on this brilliant font of rhetorical knowledge over here!

22 02 2009
deity_inc

how sweet…….
sounds like he has a crush on teacher πŸ˜‰

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