So the other day I got my very first sixth grader, a boy with a first name that held 17 letters, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to say it. Seriously. I've seen some crazy names over the years, but this one defied all laws of phonics.
So, I sat down with my newcomer and went through my orientation to ISS with him, and asked him what he went by (because I was thinking no way kids could say this name).
"Call me T," he said.
"Okay, good, I can do that. But out of curiosity, just how do you say your name?" I asked.
He giggled. "I don't know," he said.
You can't make this shit up.