Today I noticed this on the back of one of the chairs in my classroom:
Do I teach these kids nothing?! I used it in all of my classes to go over the difference between your and you're. The kids were cracking up as I explained that you can say, "Your face is ugly!" or "You're ugly!" I told them that I was just so disappointed that the graffiti was grammatically incorrect.
It's funny, because it was the best response that I have ever gotten for a grammar lesson. I think I may go around the school tomorrow and take pictures of more graffiti to see if I can use any of that to teach them any other lessons.
Sometimes my job exhausts me and I want to run away. I have to remember that I play an important role in helping these kids use proper grammar while they vandalize the desks and chairs in my classroom.