I love strong, stubborn kids – and my class is full of them this year! However, it can be exhausting trying to change the way they do something…example: periods.
“The ideas are great. It’s a slice of life. But, you don’t have any punctuation.”
“Aghh…fine.” She skips away to add punctuation and then comes back in minutes.
I reread the slice and there were periods now, but they seemed to be randomly placed throughout the piece. “Achoo, (her nickname…) it seems like you just put periods in random places…”
“Because that’s what I did!”
“Hmmm..Well, that’s not how punctuation works. ”
“But people reading it need a breath. They’ll get tired.”
“You are very right about that, but not in random places. The periods need to be at the end of sentences, so your story makes sense. You can’t just put them wherever.”
“Ms. Bless, that’s just who I am. You can’t change that.”
I honestly don’t remember the continuation of this specific conversation, in large part because I just couldn’t move past, “that’s just who I am.” And also, because before and after this, Achoo and I have had many conversations about punctuation. I know she can find the right places for them, once I can get her to accept that it does matter WHERE you put them…