Seems I’m the Type That Was Heard on High…or, In Your Case, Read While High

24 Responses

  1. Liam says:

    My Mother is a college professor for English literature and I still write like crap.

  2. phd in yogurtry says:

    Wow, I loved this post. My first thought was, this student appreciates you and it's so nice when people show their gratitude. Then when you explained, it felt like OF COURSE. Give the woman a medal for showing up.

    I also had a thought (stand back!) I remember reading / learning way WAY back in my grad school days that children who learn more than one language at the same time as toddlers show signs of decreased aptitude in grammatical areas. In other words, they learn two languages, which is great, but they learn neither quite so well as the child who is raised in only one language. I'm not sure if that still applies or if new research has proven that false. But something to consider.

  3. flutter says:

    thank you for your angle impatiens.

  4. kmkat says:

    Engel pacience cannot be overrated. I think you just got a free pass to heaven 🙂

  5. secret agent woman says:

    Interesting student. If you hadn't had the little terra cotta angel in the post I wouldn't have been sure what the engel meant.

  6. Shania says:

    OK, I've had my hands in the air and I've been yelling 'woot woot' for ten minutes now. Did you not think to tell us to stop? Good thing I have lots of pacience.

  7. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Your insight is incredible. I think you called that spot on.

  8. Becky Cazares says:

    You do get the MOST INTERESTING people in your classes! Community college is richer in that way compared to university, not only because the variety of students is greater, but the pacience of perfessers is exponentially immenser. And I agree with kmkat.

  9. Jazz says:


    You so need new shoes.

  10. Heather says:

    Don't you think you've compromised this student's privacy with this post? Such a detailed description of her…eee.

  11. Pearl says:

    Very interesting post!

    I have to say that I would've had the same initial reactions — and final reaction — as you did. On the one hand, whaaaaa?! And on the other, what interesting experience and insight she brings to the class!


  12. chelle says:

    How does one get through … oh never mind. Just wow.

    You have a lot of … pacience.

  13. jess says:

    I've always thought of you as very angular.

  14. Jeni says:

    Just one more reason here why I love to read your posts -always, but ALWAYS, very interesting. I really appreciate the way you show your appreciation of the individuality of your students. Even the ones you written about before that show such varying degrees of incentive, prior learning experiences and such -it all still comes through in a really great way.

  15. geewits says:

    I thought you were giving me a good ol' dressing down and calling me a nob until I saw that you published this before I wrote my last post. And to be fair, I did exempt anyone that speaks English as a second (or third) language.

  16. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Great post. Fascinates me to discover someone's story, especially after I've labeled them something else in my mind. (I dislike that part of myself.) This student of yours makes my life seems more than boring.

    An angle you are!

  17. yinyang says:

    Wait, what's the third error? Is it the phrasing? Because "angel patience" does seem a bit awkward.

    Or, it could be the lack of punctuation at the end of the sentence.


  18. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    I simply adore "shake out and fluff up a load of commas and apostrophes, in the hopes that some student might need them." Yew arr my heerow, and knot onlie beecuz uv yore engel pacience.

    How many more head o'kid is your student planning to have with her newest prospective husband, the optimist?

    Never mind the spelling, honey, go with the shoes. Definitely the shoes.

  19. Maddy says:

    Just fabulous!

  20. lime says:

    i would have to say she undoubtedly qualifies as "interesting." (and i mean that as a compliment.) you are most assuredly NOT a nob. i am now compelled to get me a carton of breyer's vanilla ice cream and sprinkle it with cocoa and cinnamon because dayum that sounded good!

  21. Michelle says:

    Married 5 times? I can't even get a date! Some girls have all the luck.

  22. actonbell says:

    1.Oh, what a wonderful way of rationalizing a thrilling, Emelda Marcusesque shoe collection!
    2. Woot, woot!
    3. WOW, another fiancee! Optimism, indeed.

    I can’t put him back where he came from. heh. No looking back, either:)
    You DO meet that most interesting people.

  23. actonbell says:

    Marcosesque. Not a word, anyway.

  24. Patois says:

    Wow. What a blessing she had to get you as a teacher. And you getting her as a student.

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