Such serendipity: the 4th-grade spelling word list this week, and no, I did not plan this in advance (altho' I will next year), features the är sound! I am the only person at our school who finds this amusing... which sort of makes it even more amusing!
Several students have so admired my ITLAPD pennant they've already asked if they can take it home. Make yer own, ye scurvy bilge rats!
One of the upper grade teachers was rolling her eyes in disbelief today when she heard a SpEd student explaining what ITLAPD stands for. Now if we can only get Talk Like a Pirate Day integrated into the statewide competency testing!
It's interesting how if a student is intrigued by a subject, no matter the student's "aptitude," about fifteen seconds of instruction is all it takes for them to master the concept. But if they don't care, it doesn't seem to matter how much time you put in with them, it just won't take.
ITLAPD and using cell phones to trigger bombs (did I tell ya about that?), that's interesting stuff! Subtracting two-digit numbers, however, is another story!