Intents and Purposes

It all began with a Barron’s GRE prep book.

There are a lot of things that I have no worldly business knowing and somehow, they just roll off my tongue. Cooking techniques for fish and game (I don’t eat fish and game). Movie trivia (I don’t see movies very often). Geography topics of any kind (Okay, that one is a given because I teach Social Studies). Math, however, is not one of them. In high school, I was a solid C minus student, and that was because my math teachers had pity on me and overlooked the fact that I had failed at least one marking period in each math subject: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. In college, I had to take Introduction to Statistics (which has NO prerequisites except high school Algebra) and I had to take it twice to pass it with a C minus. If I were in middle school again, I’m quite sure I would be in a remedial math class.

Anyway, back to the Barron’s book.

I am going to graduate school to be a school psychologist. My initial goal, after registering for the GRE, was to ace the verbal section of the test to make up for the piss-poor math score I am sure to get. I am going to review the math tactics and I am going to borrow Cliffs Notes for the three math subjects, but really, my hope lies in the verbal score.

Finally, we arrive at the creation of this blog. My intention for this blog was to document my frenzied attempt to memorize- or at least familiarize myself with- all 3,500 words on my Barron’s word list (it’s the 2009 edition, but I don’t think the words would have changed much from last year) over the course of a month. Personally, I think that’s interesting, but others may find it stultifyingly boring. This blog concept has evolved into documenting my life as, to quote Severus Snape, an insufferable know-it-all.

Like I’ve said before, there are things about which I know very little. Setting up this blog, for instance (like until this last paragraph, I don’t know why my word cursor was invisible). However, there are things that I know that seem to infuriate and aggravate others. I have driven my future grandmother-in-law to exasperated outbursts because I just happen to know the answers to her questions about a small Mediterranean country. My students tell me that I explain things better than a book can, and my friends tell me that I should be on Jeopardy. I’m not like other bloggers; I don’t have a specialty. I’m a jack-of-all-trades: I craft, I work with special education students, I love history, I’m a grammar Nazi… What better to blog about?

4 Responses to Intents and Purposes

  1. Audrey says:

    …you’re a walking, talking dictionary.

  2. Cath says:

    Remember when you were young, I had you prof read my papers?? Always thought you shoudl be an English teacher, writer..

  3. Ellie says:

    I’m enjoying your blog very much! I love your grammatically correct use of the English language.
    So refreshing!! And your humour is superb.

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