Oops. It’s only partly my fault.Posted: May 5, 2013 Filed under: Odds and Ends | Tags: correction, fault, Melissa Stevens, oops, revision, school, teacher Leave a comment
I’ve been working on a project I started several months ago, it was written in bits and pieces, then set aside for several months. In the mean time, I’ve had several more thoughts and I have a much better idea of where the overall story is going, so I had to start at the beginning and make some storyline corrections, move some things around, insert missing pieces, etc.
To do this I printed out what I had and I’m approaching it much like a rewrite. It’s working really well. I’m getting a lot done. But there’s a down side. I’m so engrossed in what I’m doing that when I got a permission slip from the school for one of the kids, without thinking about it, I went over it with my red pen.
I will take part of the blame, it isn’t the most socially acceptable thing to do. However, why are teachers distributing things with content errors? The big one that I remember, and I’ll paraphrase here because I don’t remember the exact wording was something like this
Please submit advance permission, the children who are going need to reply early.
I underlined advance and reply early and noted that they were redundant. It was more so than my example but I sent the paper back and I can’t look it up. I did attach a post-it apologizing, saying I’m in the middle of revisions and it carried over. I’ve met with the teacher several times and she’s aware of what I do. Still.
I’ll take the blame for being rude, but I still feel it needed to be pointed out.