Sex Ed in Higher Ed

College instructor teaching human sexuality rants about the dumbing down of America, the lost art of manners, grammar and (the perfect combination of both) the thank you note. Also includes random rants about life, pet peeves, and sometimes raves about favorite things.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

My Name is Not Katie

I guess you know you've made quite an impression on your students when one of them e-mails you and the salutation is this:

Hey Katie this is Roberta I am sorry to write this but I wont be in class tonight.

Now, I don't know what offends my delicate sensibilities the most: Could it be the complete and total lack of punctuation? Or the fact that I have been addressed not as "Hello" or "Dear" but as "Hey"? Or (finally), could it be the fact that my name is not Katie? My name doesn't start with the letter "K." It doesn't rhyme with Katie. It's not Kate or Kathleen or anything even remotely resembling Katie and yet . . . here I am. Teacher Katie.

On a different note, I actually like this student quite a bit. She's funny and entertaining. However, her father is a physician and she wrote to tell me that he has non Hotchkins (spelling is hers, not mine). And, she has also mentioned on more than one occasion that she attended a private, very exclusive boarding school during her high school years. Apparently, they don't teach spelling there. I don't know what you get for your $50,000 a year, but it ain't a dictionary.

Signing off,

Teacher Katie


Blogger Art Nerd Lauren said...

I TAed once with my friend Lori. The students really seemed to think my name was "Lori-and-Lauren". Sweet Christ on a cracker!

So do they call you by your first name? I'm facing this dilemma for my class this semester. It's so fine-artsy to call your prof by their first name, but I'm not that much older than them. Remain undecided. Hrm.

July 06, 2006 11:03 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

It seems as though you have made quite an impression. My name starts with a "K" and it is Kathleen and I despise when people as if they can call me Katie or Kathy. I am not a Katie or Kathy and don't you think that I would have introduced myself as one of those if I wanted you to call me that? My name was too long to yell during soccer games so I got dubbed Kat (as you can see) and it is much more fitting.

July 06, 2006 11:37 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

People who automatically assume they are are on some nickname basis knife at my nerves!

Whenever I had to miss a class, I called my professor so he/she would know that I had a genuine reason and wasn't just playing hooky to catch the sale at The Limited.

Did she even mention why she had to miss class?

July 06, 2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger liberalbanana said...

Whenever people call me the wrong name it's Michelle. I get that ALL the TIME. I guess you could get "Michelle" from "Nicole" as they both end in "le" but come on, people.

The weird thing is that my mom's other choice for a name for me was...Michelle! AHHHH!!!

July 06, 2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger desiree said...

*silently sobbing at the thought of 50,000 dollars a year for high school*

July 06, 2006 1:34 PM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

First name? Boarding school? No punctuation and crappy spelling?

She may be fun and entertaining, but she certainly doesn't sound like much of a scholar (or even an adult, for that matter).

July 06, 2006 1:54 PM  
Blogger happychyck said...

Teacher Lady and Teacher Katie sound close. Hehehe. I don't suppose that's your real name, though. LOL

With my students, it doesn't matter what they think my name is, they call me "Miss." I haven't been a miss in a LONG time. I think it's a regional thing...just like not knowing punctuation by the time you graduate from high school seems to have become a national thing.

July 06, 2006 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

My guess is, you don't even *look* like a Katie. Very weird.

July 06, 2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

Maybe you should stop giving your email address and encourage them to FedEx or Express Mail you at your office. Perhaps at ten bucks a pop, they'll just come to class.

July 06, 2006 9:41 PM  
Blogger Under Cover said...

A friend of mine (Ted) had this problem, but not with a student - it was with some distant FAMILY members! One fellow (Reggie) in particular kept referring to Ted as "Sam". Ted got a little miffed at this and decided to refer to Reggie as "Tom". Reggie responded and said "Hey, my name is not's Reggie". Ted replied with a smile "Oh yeah. Well, my name ain't Sam, it's Ted".

From that point on, Reggie was sure to refer to Ted as "Ted" - which makes sense because that's his name!

July 07, 2006 7:21 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I bet you that was a form email (since she was skipping out on all her classes for the day) and she forgot to change the teacher name in it before she sent it. LOL!

July 07, 2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

Yuck! I've recently posted a job opening, and gotten several "dear sir/madam" letters even though it EXPLICITLY states on the job announcement that applications should be sent to me (Dori). One guy got the first name right, but then misspelled my last name. I emailed him to tell him that. I figure, he's not going to get this job, but at least sometime in the future he'll apply for a job and double-check the name of the employer. Similarly, I emailed the woman who sent in a resume with "Massachusetts" spelled three different ways. She should know ...

July 07, 2006 10:36 AM  

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