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Monday, February 23, 2015

your new hat looks like something my horse dropped behind him

I was out at the school today doing my reading tutor thing, and I got a new girl who has been coming all year, but to a different tutor.  We went through the sight words and the reading passage, and I was a little taken aback by how many of the words she didn't know--typically they don't have too much trouble, because they're very carefully observed and placed on a level that will help them feel challenged but not overwhelmed.  Then we opened up the book she'd been reading and I was like WHAT.  She made a mistake on almost every word, and I could suddenly understand why it was that she had no idea what was going on in the book when I had asked her to retell what had been happening in the story thus far.  It made me pretty irritated, because what the crap was her last tutor doing?  Had she even been listening?  How are these kids supposed to get better if nobody even does their freaking job?  We only have a brief moment to help these kids, and if we blow it they go through the rest of their lives with a huge handicap.

To make it worse, she was reading a Junie B. Jones book.  I've seen these books before but none of my kids have ever read them and thank goodness for that, because they are garbage.  You know how there's supposedly a study that shows that people are stupider after watching Spongebob?  I would like to do that same study with Junie B. Jones books.  I hate all those Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants books because they are so beneath any child with a brain or an actual sense of humor, but this Junie B. Jones stuff is in a class by itself.  Just horrific.  I am boiling right now.  So I got her a different book that was closer to where I think she might actually be, and we'll see how she does next time.

Shingles is not so bad, whether because of the herpes meds or the weird potions and ointments I got from the witch doctor.  I just have a little patch of scabby grossness on my neck, and it itches a little bit.  Feeling pretty lucky after the horror stories I've heard.

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