How to Be a Hip Teacher: Lesson One

We’re going over the three basic types of examples for the SAT essay: hypothetical, personal and academic. 

“What if we combine two of them?” asks one student.

“How do you mean?” I ask, skeptically.

“Well, if we wrote about our reaction to a current event, like September 11, that would be both personal and academic, right?”

“I guess so.”

“So what happens then?  Is it, like, a double-bonus score?”

I tilt my head, hands on hips.  “This is the SAT.  Not Words With Friends.”

For some reason, they all find this exceedingly funny.