A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my friend B and his shovel. Here is another slice about B.
B had been working on his story for 30 minutes. While I was conferring with students I had noticed how hard he had been working at his computer and I went over to tell him so. As I approached I caught site of the screen and my breath caught. He was typing in all caps. Almost an entire page of work, in all capital letters.
I cleared my throat. “Um…B? Did you notice that you were typing in all caps?”
“What? Oh…well…this computer doesn’t have any lowercase letters.”
At the time I thought that it was just an excuse B had dreamed up, until today, when I looked at my keyboard.
B was right, there are no lowercase letters on the keyboard. As teachers we are story collectors. I love collecting these types of stories and it’s not so that I can tell an amusing teacher anecdote a party. Students like B, and we all have them, are our smartest teachers. B reflected my teaching right back to me and helped me see it in a new light. For that I will be forever grateful.
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