Okay, so I’ve been asked if I’m keeping this PE blog, even though I am teaching English next year.  (I can’t believe how big those textbooks are!)

Yeah, I love this blogging business.  My Health class is called *Healthnotes* and this PE class is called *Gymnotes*, so what shall I call my English blog?  Somehow, I must use the *notes* bit.  Thoughts??I really really love this picture of an old English teacher.  I googled the image, and I just fell in love with her.  Look at those glasses.  The button down sweater.  The box of Kleenex. 

Yeah, that’s me.  Books coming out of my ears at my house.  Who was it that said, “When I get paid, I eat a little, and everything else goes to books?” 

I’m starting to feel a little bit of pressure, having to use correct punctuation and spelling all the time.  Just in case someone stops to read and says to themselves, “Gee, I can’t believe she teaches English!  She can’t even use a comma correctly!”

And while we’re on the subject, (yes I started this sentence with *and*), I can’t stand when people start a sentence with the word *me*, or when people can’t use good or well correctly.  One is an adjective, one is an adverb.  “She did good.”  That’s wrong.  I’m just practicing.

~Carry on.

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25 thoughts on “Job~Sniff

  1. First, let me say that you are my kind of teacher! Cool blog too.

    Hmmm–from P.E. to English… some possible names for your blog:

    English Workout 🙂 or the obvious and boring English Notes

    By the way, starting a sentence with “And” or ending one with a preposition can be and is done all the time—Standard English rules can be broken if we know how—that’s the tricky part. Faulkner, for example, broke all the rules and got away with writing page-long run-on sentences and becoming one of America’s premier authors.

    Looks like you will do just fine—good teachers (and it looks like you are one) find their magic no matter what subject they teach.

    By the way, please indulge the English teacher in me: “She did good” and “She did well” are both correct depending on the context:

    She did well running the race. (adverb qualifying the verb)
    She did good (she fed the homeless) when no one else would (adjective qualifying the subject) – Yes, Word’s grammar check will mark it wrong, but that’s why humans are still smarter than technology 🙂

    I did well because I did good 🙂 — it’s all semantics, isn’t it?

    Best wishes in your upcoming journey! We, English teachers, must stick together!

    Maria

  2. aaaaawwwwwww u will get used to it! They will like u for sure. i still cant imagine u in those clothes the teacher is wearing!

    i made a new blog its m3lany.wordpress.com

  3. Maria, I’m linking your blog to my blog, and will now read you! I’ve been teaching PE and Science for four (4) years, so no one really followed my grammar or spelling.

    There’s that old saying from SCHOOL OF ROCK. “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.”

    I thank you.

    Melany, isn’t that great? I love this pic too. I think she looks really wise. 🙂

  4. Oh Ms. V,

    Now you know why I spent so much time on daily grammar. Wait until you get to predicate nominatives! It makes your their heads spin!

  5. Haha actually when i watched the movie i thought Wouldn’t Mrs.Vermeulen be insulted! I was praying to god u wouldnt watch te movie!

  6. I think Englishnotes is a good name for a blog. It’s simple but it works!

  7. Here’s another rendition to your school of rock saying. One of my colleagues actually has it on a coffee mug:

    “Those who can, do. Those who can do better, teach.” 🙂

    I look forward to more dialogue. Be sure to tell me what your new blog address is. As I said, we, English teachers must stick together 🙂

    Maria

  8. Yes, I need that on a coffee mug Maria!…

    Someone here said they liked English Notes too. Daniel, that is funny. You know that I could.

  9. its okay mrs. vermeulen you will get uses to you’re new job as a english teacher =) and hopefully get a new name for you’re english blog too but right now i dont have any suggestions

  10. wow mrs v i cant believe ur gona teach english ur such a good pe teacher sum pe teachers r boring bt u make pe really fun datz to bad u wont be teaching pe

  11. W0W MS.VERMULEN DAT ALL L00KS LiKE S00 MUCH FUN i CAN`T WAiT T0 SEE iT ALL T0 BAD THAST i AM G0iNG D0WN T0 HANF0RD F0R My NEPHEW`Z BABTiZM BUT iT W0ULD 0F BEEN S0000000 MUCH FUN T0 G0 WELL MAyBE NEXT yEAR!!

  12. i wish i could go to modesto but im going to the movies today and my BIRTHDAY MAY,3,07 many people said happy birthday best birthday ever

  13. i had a terible teacher in 3rd grade she was sick all the time so we had a long term sub he had anger problems-_-“

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