This happened to me as a child when I moved from NJ to TX. I didn't know I
was supposed to say ma'am or sir after yes or no. I did say yes or no, not
naw or uhhuh or yup :)
Also, I didn't know what map colors were, where every one was going when
they said they were "goin to the show" (the movies! who would guess?) or why
people needed a toboggan when there was no snow (a knitted hat for cold
days...wouldn't have guessed that either!)
I got a "D" for a daily grade every day for a month in Social Studies for
not bringing my map colors. I now teach my students to call them colored
pencils and if a teacher asks me if I have map colors I say "no ma'am!"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Arcement" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: Speaking of respect...
> This is true, Becky, but I wish teachers would not expect those answers
> Maam, etc.) from a student in order to think they were being respectful.
> can tell by tone of voice how respectful a person is, ya know?!
> Idus in southern Mississippi
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Becky Thornton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 2:41 PM
> Subject: Re: Speaking of Restrooms....
> > Dear Idus,
> > I am all for manners. I had a really nice student who said the teachers
> > didn't like her. I was suprised! She was great in my room. She said
> > she came here from "up north." Her teacher asker her something and she
> > yes and the teacher said yes, what? and she said yes...the answer to
> > question or something...she had no idea the teacher wanted her to say
> > maam. We have character ed at our school and all of the sixth graders
> > it and know what is expected, but we have not yet conquered a way to get
> > everything across to "new" kids. There is only so much they or their
> > parents can or will read..in the midst of moving!
> > Becky Thornton
> > Arkansas
> > \ I have had a rough time with "Yes Maam and No Sir".
> > > Down south we are trained to say these in answer to an adult. But my
> > > was from Indiana and she told me that these manners are southern and
> > > needed in the Northern hemisphere.
> > ---