Sincerely,

I’ve avoided that particular closing for years. In grade school we’re taught that “sincerely,” is the proper way to end a letter. The actual sentiment behind it is instantly lost on a bunch of third graders as they practice writing it by rote.

Ending a letter with “sincerely,” felt anything but sincere.

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Following Directions

From a teaching persepective, I’m trying to think of a lamer reason to award or deduct points from a student than for failure to follow directions.

From a learning perspective, I’m trying to think of a lamer reason to stress than wondering if your work followed directions. Even lamer is actually losing points for correct work due to formatting issues.

 And let the battle begin!

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