Text Talk Invades School

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Monday, February 12 2007 Feb 12, 2007 Monday, February 12, 2007 4:44:45 PM CST February 12, 2007 in News

"Sometimes abbreviations come into it. And we really believe it has to do with how they shorten everything when they instant message or text," English teacher Minda Branch said.

Students say they see the effects on their writing, too.

"We have an English journal. And sometimes I accidentally shorten it. So I have to erase it and redo it," eighth-grader Jordan Marble said.

Students say recognizing the appropriate time to use each kind of writing is key.

"Usually I try to keep text messaging and stuff like that just way after school. Kinda separate my mind between school and after school," eighth-grader Kenny Weith said.

If students can separate the two, Branch says text messaging isn't all bad.

"For one thing, we always say the only way you're going to get good at something is if you practice a lot. So, they are writing a whole lot. They are communicating a lot," Branch explained.

Teachers say reading well-written literature is a good way for students to break the bad habits of text messaging.

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