October 17, 2008

What Address?

This was an interesting conversation I had with one of my students about formal letter writing:

Me: (While demonstrating on our fancy ELMO projector (which I love, by the way)) This is where you write your address. Go ahead and do that now."
Student: "Wait. My e-mail address goes here (pointing to his paper)?"
Me: "No. Not your e-mail address, your street address."
Student: "I don't get it. I don't have one of those."
Me: "You know... your house number... the name of the street you live on."
Student: "Oh!!!! I don't know my number, though."
(Please keep in mind that this is a 7th grade honors class)
Me: "Seriously? You don't know what numbers are on your house?"
Student: "No."
Me: "Don't you ever get mail?"
Student: "In my e-mail."
Me: "Well, when people come to your house, how do you tell them where to go?"
Student: "My parents do that."

We are truly in a digital age, my friends!

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