Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SEX SELLS ... er ... I mean CELLS

I'm currently grading the booklets and extra credit from the 7th Grade Science, Genetics unit (about three weeks late, but there you go).  I just finished scoring a young lady's booklet who made an innocent, I'm sure, spelling mistake, which mistakes are certainly not uncommon for 7th graders.  When I taught English, years ago, it was surprisingly common to see the word "graj," meant to indicate "garage."  The mistake I found today, however, has a bit more resonance.  On a page of class work focusing on the topic of meiosis, this young lady mistakenly spelled the male sex cell not "sperm," but "spurn."  Freudians, unite!

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