It's pretty much universally known that my handwriting stinks. (And if you didn't know that, now you do.) My students are always saying that they can't read my writing. Even my son's second grade teacher commented on my poor penmanship. It's bad when that happens!
So yesterday, I wrote the word, "Excellent" across one of my student's assignments. The student, a third-grader, said, "Mrs. Ellis, why did you write, 'Elephant' on my paper?"
"That doesn't say, 'Elephant.' It says, 'Excellent.'"
The girl frowned. "That's not how you make an 'x.'" She took a pencil and demonstrated how to properly make an "x" and how to properly write, "excellent." "Now you try," she said when she was finished.
I took the pencil and did my best to write legibly.
The girl looked at it when I was done. She shook her head. "That's still not right!" Then she took the pencil and gave me a big "F-" at the top. "You might be a good music teacher," she said. "But you need to go back to school to learn how to write!"