Lesson # 1-
The word sophomore comes from the Greek: sophos which means wise and moros which means???? Someone always answers with moron. I accept that answer. (Actually, it is foolish, but close enough!)
So, I teach wise morons? Why yes, yes I do.
Three definitions of the word sophomore:
1. a person in their 2nd year
2. a know-it-all whose thinking is really immature or foolish
3. a wise foolish person
We extend this to include sophomoric: marked by shallow or immature thinking.
If you teach sophomores, you know these definitions fit.
I will spend the rest of the year struggling to pull mature answers and wise reflections from my classes. And with any luck, by next spring I'll see more wisdom than foolishness.
Wish me luck with that!