Sunday, September 21, 2008

What plant would you take to Timbuktu?

My son has a student teacher this semester in the third grade (thankfully she's from Taylor rather than IWU). I hear she's nice, but there have been a couple hick-ups.

The latest has me laughing this evening. Here's a question she gave on a test, with original spelling and punctuation:

"If you were going to take a trip to Timbuktu, Mali. what is the weather like there and what should you plant to take with you? *Look at page 29."

My son, who obviously takes after me in his intelligence, wrote this in response:

"I would take a sunflower plant and it is hot in Timbuktu."

He received a half point.


Barbara said...

Hi Ken ~ It must be a Schenck thing because we're sure Wesley would have answered much like his cousin! Actually - Wesley also would have pointed out the errors in her sentence structure. He probably would have ended up with zero points! Give our love to the family!

Ken Schenck said...

Ha! Hope you all are well in Michigan. I think I saw Kelsey here a few weeks ago... thought, wow, is she already a freshman?! Later someone told me she was just visiting.

Anonymous said...

My father-in-law told me that for the final in his undergraduate philosophy class, the professor had an essay question that was just "Why?" The only student to get full credit on the essay was the one that simply wrote "Why not?" and then turned in his test.
I thought about using this essay on my own tests this semester, but I don't think my students would like it all that much. :)