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Making Me Crazy

I am teaching graphing and coordinate pairs.  The kids are all using graph paper to play the game Battleship and reinforce x & y axis coordinates.  They keep yelling, “Miss!”  And I am running around the room to answer them — except they mean, “You didn’t score a hit,” not “Come and help me, teacher.”  So I quit responding — and sure enough, some one is yelling for me.  Whose idea was it to play this game, anyway? 

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Hi Quill,

    Sorry your kids are driving you crazy. Just keep taking deep breaths and give yourself a pat on the back. The reason for the back pat is because you are teaching your students a lesson that they will always remember. How many teachers are clever enough to incorporate battleship into a lesson on graphing and coordiates.

    I remember what a transitive verb thanks to a cheer that my freshmen english teacher taught us and that was, aargh over 20 years ago. Boy howdy, little did I know that my comment would cause me to date myself. I thought my kid did that enough for me and yet I do it myself. Oh well. Hope you have a great rest of the week with your little battleship gems!

  2. Angela — thanks for the vote of confidence, but the textbook actually suggested the game!

    Dr. John, I suppose if I was more strict about making them use my full name, I wouldn’t have had the problem.

  3. Gawpo — these are second language learners. I try to simplify things, not complicate them! I could just suggest they call me Maestra. Jasmine already does – and I call her Estudiante. But what would I do with 23 kids named Estudiante?

  4. lol I don’t suggest you do this, but you reminded me of something my Latin professor did. Everyone in his class was called Miss or Mr. Last-Name. On the first day of class, he got a student who asked if she could be addressed by “Ms”. He told her, “No. I’m sorry. I will not call you that. However I would be happy to call you Comrade Last-Name from this point on.” Before she could respond, he had moved on to the next student. And sure enough, for the rest of the semester, he called her Comrade. ROFL! I can’t remember the professor’s name, but I still remember her last name because of that.

  5. Well see? That’s what ya GET for answering to MISS! You need them to call you properly by your FULL name! MISS QUILLY! Then there won’t be any more misunderstandings….

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