Monday, March 8, 2010

i or e?

A common question in an English course.  Spelling is painful for so many students and they struggle to remember all of those little rhymes from elementary school.  I before E except after C or when sounded like a as in neighbor or weigh--remember that one?  Last week, my students learned a new i or e dilemna.

Each week brings a short story to read, annotate, discuss, and dissect.  To aid in comprehension, I select 15 words from the passage to be the vocabulary list.  Students need to define and learn the words.  A little rudimentary for college, but effective.

When they study them, that is.

This week the word complement appeared on the list.  It was accompanied by far more difficult choices, so many students took the easy route and assumed they knew the meaning.  "To say nice things to someone," student after student explained incorrectly.  "Not with an i, with an e," I hinted.

No response.  Complement:  to go well together.  For example:  if I am blending a margarita tonight, I would not choose chocolate pudding as a side item.  Chips and guacamole would complement my drink far better.  They have a midterm on Thursday and I am hoping they have mastered this little I/E lesson.

I love visiting blogs of creative people so I can compliment them on the way their design elements complement each other.  I bookmarked a bunch of fabulous sites during the Bella/Jillibean/Nikki Blog Crawl this weekend.  I even won a prize from one of the blogs I loved.  How cool is that?

I had a fantastically busy day with lots of housework and midterm exam prep, but still managed to put together a couple of cards.  This one was just a quickie:

Mischief.  Supplies:  Paper, Die Cuts: Sassafrass Lass, Rub-On: Kaisercraft.

I bought a new digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil that is too cute for words.  One of those ones that I just HAD to scrap right away.  I decided to mix it with Challenge 102--Lucky Green from Cute Card Thursday and today's Couture Cardstock Blog Challenge.  One card with green, paint, and a darling digi stamp coming up:

Got game?  Supplies: Cardstock: Couture Cardstock, Paper, Die Cut: G.C.D Studios, Bling: Kaisercraft, Stickers: Making Memories, Alphabet: BasicGrey, Digital Stamp: Mo's Digital Pencil Shop, Markers: Copic.

Time to run!  I have Big Bang Theory on tivo and a hubby waiting to laugh with me.  Smooches!


  1. fasbulous cards, such a fun image, many thanks for joining in the CCT challenge! hugs Debx


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