What does math class and English class have in common? This is a trick question, right? It’s apples and oranges, as the saying goes. Or maybe not.
- One is only one. (Not only is it a hasty generalization, but also you can twist one quote to mean just about anything. I once had a student who claimed that God was afraid of people learning things. He used a Bible passage to support it--Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”)
- Two a coincidence.
- Three starts to look like a pattern, like proof.
a thing or event that existed before or logically precedes another: some antecedents to the African novel might exist in Africa's oral traditions.
• (antecedents) a person's ancestors or family and social background: her early life and antecedents have been traced.
• Grammar a word, phrase, clause, or sentence to which another word (esp. a following relative pronoun) refers.
• Logic the statement contained in the “if” clause of a conditional proposition.
• Mathematics the first term in a ratio.
- not using “it” with no clear antecedent (“In the book it says...” Just be concise and write, “The book says...”)
- the problem of English not having a 3rd person singular non-gendered pronoun (“When a student doesn’t understand this, he makes many mistakes” implies this never happens to girls, but “When a student doesn’t understand this, they make many mistakes” shows lack of awareness of the need for pronoun/antecedent agreement.)
Another delight is conspiring to help students learn.