Correcting papers is a crazy experience. There are some things each teacher in the staff room feels compelled to share with the others.
Commenting on a poem’s language and style, students write…
‘This heart-touching poem…’, or better still –
‘This tear-dropping poem…’
Commenting on the expected audience, a student has a bewildering response –
‘The language used is abit complex probably not aiming for audience but for readers who are mature.’
Describing a forest, a student wants to create rich imagery, so talks about
‘barked densed trees’
The students are also tested on their ability to empathise. One exercise was a letter written by Theo to his famous brother, the painter, Vincent Van Gogh. A student writes –
‘You have to treat such problems as a video game’
Spelling is the most exciting – use your imagination here. Be warned, students cheerfully invent words.
Do you want an answer key to decipher these?