Asking Good Questions

While reviewing vocabulary for the week, I asked, “What might be your rationale for getting up in the morning?” Two or three hands reluctantly went up.

“Wait, that’s a not a good question. What might be your rationale for staying up until midnight?” Every student’s hand shot up.

My students all knew what rationale meant, but it would have been easy to assume otherwise based on the response to my first question. A good reminder that the question matters.


I am behind on grading (ugh!) and progress reports are due at the beginning of next week (double ugh!) I was feeling more overwhelmed than usual when I started grading some blog posts tonight. (The insidious thing about blog posts is that they can hide out ungraded on your computer.) Several weeks ago students wrote blog posts using prefixes and suffixes we had learned in that week’s vocabulary chapter. Part of the assignment was to create new words using the assigned prefix or suffix. As I started grading them, I had to keeping from laughing out loud in Starbucks. Here are some of my favorites:

Pre-homework: The time that you spend procrastinating before doing homework

Pregurgitation: the period of time before one regurgitates their food or the teacher’s daily assignment

Projectful: Full of projects; This week was projectful; we had 3 projects due the next week.

Visture: to have visible texture; ex. corduroy clothing

Ex-art: art that was too pathetic to become real art

Ex-prodigy: A person formerly a prodigy but has now too old to be considered a prodigy.

Re-trickortreat: when a person or group of people get more than they were supposed to get or came back another time on the night of Halloween.