May 1, 2007

My unfavored things

Why do students sometimes have no clue about how word processors work? Why do they not ... oh, well, let's break into the End of Term Professor Musical Style (which Miriam Burstein aka The Little Professor does much better than I).

Papers which use hard returns but not page breaks,
Students who don't even spellcheck as brain-fake,
A cover page loaded with pictoral bling--
These are a few of my unfavored things.

A list of one's sources without textual reference,
A nod to all authors with uniform deference,
Abusing long words in attempts to add zing--
These are a few of my unfavored things.

When the term ends,
and the day bends,
and there's work galore,
I'm thinking of all of my unfavored things,
and I want to rush out the door.

Starting a paper with Merriam-Webster,
Saying reformers wanted "to better,"
An A's justly earned by my parents' k-ching!--
These are a few of my unfavored things.

Homonyms used in a fifth-grader's fashion,
Fallacies covered with purple-prose passion,
A phrase that has surely a plagiarized ring--
These are a few of my unfavored things.

When the term ends,
and the day bends,
and there's work galore,
I'm thinking of all of my unfavored things,
and I want to rush out the door.

For the record, I have yet to see cover-page bling this semester, I'm reading some very nice papers, and I haven't yet seen plagiarism. But sometimes the best way to exorcise demons is in song...

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Posted in Teaching on May 1, 2007 2:13 PM |