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“I don’t like to be wrong.”

The Mr. and I go out to dinner three or four nights a week.

Don’t be hatin’.  It’s just our lifestyle now that we have adult children.

We haven’t been out much the last couple of weeks because the Mr.’s job has been keeping him extremely busy, so it was a treat to run to Chili’s for a quick bite last night.

We chatted about this and that, and at one point, the Mr. and I began a grammar discussion.  Apparently, there had been an issue with periods and quotation marks at his job.

Somewhere in the conversation, I told him that the period almost always goes inside quotation marks.

He told me that no they don’t.

Thus, we began a debate about this punctuation rule.  I insisted that nearly always (there are exceptions to every rule), periods go inside.

He told me that I had told him not too long ago that they went outside and that he had told his office that I had said so.

Oh boy.  Now, not only only was his information incorrect, but my reputation was on the line.

I promised him that I would never have told him such a thing…that he must have misunderstood me.

Being funny and sarcastic, as we usually are, I told him that I didn’t realize I had to differentiate instruction for him.

If you’re a teacher, you understand what I mean.  If you’re not, I’ll explain.  Differentiation is where a teacher instructs students according to their learning styles, presenting information in different formats.

We also have an “I do,” “We do,” You do” thing in teaching, releasing responsibility slowly to students.

The Mr. gave me the stank eye to my comment.


We have a rule in our family that when we are eating, we stay off of our phones.  Well, my guy reached for his phone.

“Whatcha doing?” I asked.  “Looking up grammar rules?”

He nodded.

I got out my phone and did the same thing.

Turns out that I was right.

Let me just pause and explain that this RARELY happens.  My guys are usually much smarter than me…or at least they think quicker on their feet, so I usually lose arguments.

THUS, it was well within my right to gloat.

A lot.

Plus, we still had the issue of him giving his co-workers erroneous information.

I laughingly told him that he was an idiot but that I loved him.  I stressed that last point.

To his credit, he composed a text message to his guys admitting he was wrong…was in fact an idiot…and that the period goes inside the quotation mark.

Bless his heart.

Still, I laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

He was not amused and “magically” was ready to leave the restaurant.

On the way home, he stewed before finally saying, “I don’t like to be wrong.”

Now hold on a second.  Did you catch that?  Let me type it again…

“I don’t like to be wrong.”

And then the conversation stopped…

Until I said, “That’s been it the whole time, hasn’t it?”

And then he realized what he’d said.

He’d been busted and tried at amend what he’d said by adding, “I don’t like to be wrong when you’ve told me something.”

Oh no, buddy.  Too late now.

I’m telling you that I laughed so hard that my stomach hurt.  It was the best ab workout I’d had all summer.

I thought my dinner was going to come back up because I was laughing so hard.  Tears were flowing.

My poor guy.

As I told him when we got home, before he bolted to his man cave, “It’s so rare that I’m right about something, I need to revel in it a while.”

I guess when you’re married to a teacher…especially an English teacher…you’re bound to get busted now and then for grammar.

Last night was my guy’s turn.

Fusion Music – Grammar Style

I spent the entire weekend lesson planning.

On average, it takes me between five and six hours to make lesson plans for an entire week.

Saturday, I spent about nine hours planning for the upcoming week, and  Sunday, I spent eight hours planning for the week of the 16th.

I wanted to get that second week done because the guys and I are driving down south to watch Chicky be awarded her college diploma!  I didn’t want to return late on Saturday and have lesson planning to do.

One of the skills I’m working on with my students is essay writing.

I teach tenth graders, and they will be taking our State writing assessment in February.  Part of my school’s score and my own VAM depends on their writing scores.

We are writing one essay…revising it several times while focusing on each of the six writing traits.  We’ve covered two already and are working on sentence fluency, which involves writing sentences of different lengths and with different types of beginnings.

It’s quite the task, let me tell you.  I don’t even remember not being able to write as a youngster.  Kids today do not have the writing skills we had growing up.

Thus, I’ve been doing a lot of research, pulling supplemental instructional material, and hunting for videos that will explain things in a way they understand.

That’s when I came across the video I’m going to post below.

When I watched it the first time, I giggled the entire way through.


Well, first of all, I love Kelly Clarkson.  Her voice is powerful, and she’s just a cutie patootie.

One of her songs that I love for its strong message is Miss Independent.

Well, in my search for sentence fluency videos, I came across a parody of Kelly’s song.  Whoever created the video did an excellent job!

I’m not sure how my students will like it, but I can assure you that I, at least, will be amused each of the three times I will have to watch it (once for each of my three classes).

I love grammar, and I love Kelly.

This is the perfect fusion of both!

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