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Sense Organs

          I was explaining to my senior class that there are verbs which can function both as linking and action. To help them remember those verbs, I wrote on the board the mnemonic FLTSS BRAGS ST for the verbs feel, look, taste, sound, smell, become, remain, agree, grow, stay, seem, and turn.  . I even told them that, for easy recall, they can consider that mnemonic as a family with FLTSS as the father, BRAGS as the mother, and ST as the child. I also gave them the idea that the verbs in the mnemonic FLTSS are related to our five senses. I was really determined to give my students an easy way of memorizing the mnemonic, but seeing their next teacher outside the classroom I hastily told them, “Class, for FLTSS, think of what your sense organs can do”. Suddenly, the whole class roared with laughter. It was only then that I realized saying “Think of what your organ can do” out of haste. It took me a while to regain my composure.

 

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Walking and Biking


Parallelism is one of my favorite topics for discussion in my English classes. One day, I was explaining to a class of 65 students that parallelism is the similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses. After giving several examples on the board, I was overjoyed when an average student was able to correct the faulty parallelism, He likes walking and to bike down by the pier into He likes walking and biking down by the pier. Just after I was convinced that everybody has understood my discussion, I noticed a student at the far end of the classroom obviously not listening. After reprimanding him for not listening, I instructed him to stand up and asked him why the sentence, He likes walking and to bike down by the pier is wrong. Red in the face from all the scolding he got from me, he innocently answered, “Ma’am, because walking is wrong when you have a bike”.

 

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