Confession: I am obsessive about writing on lined paper.
That is – I MUST write on lined paper.
I hate writing in cards because there are no lines. Stuff gets crooked. And messy. And how big am I supposed to write?!? How do I judge my space?? (Is there a backup in case I mess up??)
When I address an envelope I put a piece of lined paper INSIDE the envelope so I can see the lines through it…then I breath a sigh of relief…and I write the address on it. Nice and neat.
The #1 reason I hated working in a school (when I did my brief stint in a graduate program for elementary education) was because THERE ARE NO LINES ON A CHALKBOARD! (Ok, fine, that’s not the #1 reason I hated teaching, but let me tell you, it was a close #2!)
Ever since I was in elementary school when I had to take a math test and teachers handed out blank (UN-LINED!) scrap paper, I politely asked if I could use my own lined paper for scrap. It helps me to keep my work organized and as a result I always did better on tests. Never did I have a teacher say no to this simple request.
Until now. I have finally met my match in the evil physics teacher who apparently has something against my beloved lined paper!
I had to take my physics test the other day using UNLINED SCRAP PAPER!
The crazy immediately kicked in as I began working out problems…
“Shoot, that line is getting crooked…”
erase, erase, erase…start over.
“These numbers look bigger than the last row…that’s annoying.”
erase, erase, erase
(*Hot tip – you may want to buy stock in erasers while I’m in physics & chemistry.)
“Ugh, I can’t tell where one problem ends and the other starts!”
use edge of paper to draw a STRAIGHT line boxing in problems to keep them separate
Yes, it’s crazy, but it’s real. And of course with all the erasing and re-writing I “had” to do, I didn’t actually have time to FINSIH the test. Good job crazy line lady.
I tried to talk to evil physics teacher today after class and explain to him how much something as simple as using lined paper would really help me, but evil physics teacher clearly does not want to help his students succeed in his class and would have none of it.
(I had some choice words for him that I managed to keep inside.)
So, the way I see it I have 3 choices:
- Buy a Costco size box of erasers and spend half my test time erasing and re-writing.
- Learn to live with the un-lined scrap paper even if looking at my work all over it during a test makes me feel sick.
- Take the first 5 minutes of the test to use the edge of one of the pages to “magically” make my unlined paper lined. (This would make me VERY happy and probably make evil physics teacher very UN-happy.)
So, what’s your vote? 1, 2, or 3?
Have you ever felt like a teacher is holding you back over something trivial?
Anyone else have a weird quirky thing like needing to write on lined paper?
(Oh, and while we’re on the topic, I only write in blue pen.)
**Please note the real name of “evil physics teacher” has been withheld for his own safety because I know you all have my back and are rushing out to campus in search of him right to give him a piece of your minds! (or to draw nice neat lines across his forehead with a sharpie)