Cruel to be kind

Me: First word “bigger”

Student: Can I write “big?”

Me: No. Next, “bird.”

Student: Can I use a dictionary?

Me: No, we are not testing Webster. Next “every.”

Student: Ever?

Me: No, “every” [watching him write]…that’s not even a word. Spell “every.”

Student: Does spelling count?

Me: Yes, this is a spelling test.

Student: Sometimes at my other school we did spelling tests when spelling didn’t count.

Me: …and that’s why you’re at tutoring!

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