17 November 2005


Today marked the first day of snow. The weather forecast said that there will be 2 to 4 inches of snow today, yet it will melt so it won't stack up. And so around 9:00 PM, it fell.

And it was beautiful.

I believe the last time I saw snow was in Niigata in Japan, when I went skiing for the last time in 1999. So in a way, I missed the white stuff. Now, I am going to have a lot of them.

But maybe too much than what I need.

Anyway, nothing much changed with the busy schedule. As always, people went to see me during my office hours because tomorrow is the deadline for their homework assignments. And frankly, with some of the students, I am frustrated.

I am frustrated because these are college students, who I assume passed their classes in high school and elementary school. But then, they don't know the difference between a verb and a noun? They cannot identify which word is a verb and which word is a noun in a sentence? Now, if I am wrong in this assumption, please tell me so. I might be assuming things that I take for granted, due to the fact that I am a Linguistics major. But aren't these things taught in grade school?

Another reason to be frustrated is because these students are somewhat alliterate. Yes, you read it right. They know how to read, but they are not motivated to. In the homework assignment, there are examples on how to do the problems, and they simply do not feel motivated enough to read the instructions and mimic the examples! They stare at this blank sheet of paper, and then they come to the office hours of their teaching assistants and they say that they have no clue how to do the assignment. Ridicolosamente!

Well, of course, I need to keep my cool and professionalism still reigns on. If you're interested in alliteracy, then read this article on how institutions should help reduce that.

Well, it's getting late, and my frustration needs some sleep. Perhaps tomorrow it will go away.


  1. I feel for you. That would be extremely frustrating.
    I'm not sure how the American system works, but in Australia students aren't taught grammar in high school. When I went to university as an Arts/Communications student it was manditory to take a structured writing course to make up for this and although we learnt the basics, I wish I had learnt them as a child instead.

  2. if i was in your position i would have been frustrated too. i was a teacher too in my past life. and sometimes i wonder if the problem was with my students or with my teaching methods. till now, i don't know.