“Uh, …”

Posted: January 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

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  1. Parker Law says:

    I have seen this poem a couple times before and it always makes me laugh. I understand what is meant by “did I miss anything?”, but it can come off as very unengaged and condescending. “What did I miss” is a much more appropriate way of asking the same question. I love the sarcastic and dramatic tone in this poem. I think it really adds to the message that it is trying to convey. It reminds me of classic middle school grammar teacher jokes, like when a student asks if they can go to the bathroom and the teacher says, “I don’t know, can you?”, or when my 3rd grade teacher told me “cakes are done. You are finished” after I told her I was “done” with my quiz. I had never thought about how it sounded to ask “did I miss anything”, but this poem really put it into perspective for me.

  2. Tasia McConkie says:

    Hahaha, I love this. Like Parker stated above, the sarcastic, dramatic and somewhat petty tone is once my favorite aspects of the poem. I think the poem highlights the flaws in teachings and students. The curriculum should extend beyond tests and be applicable to life. Moreover, lessons should engage the students.

    The answer to the question “did I miss anything” is apparent. Usually, the student does miss something whether it’s a test, basic information or philosophical revelations. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to learn through snippets of a lesson. To learn and understand a given topic, you must be present. Hopefully, I can now be more “present” in my classes.

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