As I was reading the vocabulary example sentences mentioned in the last post, I saw many that *extolled* the virtues of one of my colleagues. At least two dozen students wrote sentences like, “Mrs. X took the time to *scrutinize* my paper for errors,” or “Mrs. X cares enough to *meticulously* review the work of all of her students.” I emailed some examples to her and she was pleased. Hey, what teacher wouldn’t want to know they’d earned such a sterling reputation?
So, were there any examples in all of these classes about yours truly? Yes, a few. Only one jumped out at me as being even remotely positive: “Mr. Huston *deploys* sarcastic yet witty remarks to keep his students’ attention.” That’s nice. Sort of. Certainly nicer than “Mr. Huston is of a *mediocre* height.” And far nicer than “Mr. Huston’s class is like the *Holocaust* on crack.” Geez, because being compared to the Holocaust isn’t bad enough by itself? You had to throw crack into the mix?