Quote Friday: A round-up of the best quotes from my elementary school students in South Korea this week!
While trying to help another kid spell ‘quiet’, the kid writes a ‘p’ on the board.
Kid 2: ‘No, NO!! Q!!! Q!!!! No P!!! Q….it’s P’s friend!!’
A kid runs into my class with a certificate of achievement.
Kid: ‘Look! Look! School king give me!!!’
Me: ‘What do lions eat?’
Kid: (without missing a beat) ‘Teachers.’
We read a story about a detective cat called Cleo.
Me: ‘What’s a detective?’
Kid: ‘Like Sherlock Holmes.’
Me: ‘Great, so what’s Cleo?’
I explain to my class that my next class (my 4:10 class) has been cancelled and so they are my last class. They are faffing about not working so I tell them I can stay alllllll day and teach them the three pages we have to finish.
One kid screams and plays.
Kid 2: ’IF YOU SHOUT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOING HOOOOOOOOOOME!! SHHHHHHHHHH!!’
While explaining to my class during Open Class they will be required to work in pairs, something this particular class loathes. One boy is shaking his head in disgust saying ‘No, no, no.’
Me: ‘Ok, but for Open Class, your head can say no, but your face must say yes.’
Kid thinks for a moment.
He smiles, nods and says: ‘No.’
Me: ‘At least you’re smiling.’
While teaching grade one ‘How are you?’:
Me: ‘I’m good.’
Little boy, mishearing me: ‘I’m cute??’ (looking at me skeptically…and shaking his head)
I hold up a picture of a polar bear:
Me: ‘What’s this?’
Kid: ‘A penguin’s friend.’
Me: ‘What’s a pet?’
Kid: ‘A easy animal.’
I’ve just finished explaining for open class next Friday (06/29), they need to bring a pencil but do not need a book.
Me: ‘To recap, what do you not bring?’
Kids: ‘The book.’
Me: ‘Great and what DO you bring?’
Kids: ‘A pencil.’
Kid 1: ‘And our…inside our heads.’
Me: ‘Yes, your brain!’
Me: ‘Do you have a pet?’
Kid: ‘No. My friend have hamster but it die. It live on veranda and cold and die.’
Sad but really, all I could think was, ‘how do you know the word veranda’?!!
Me: ‘Where’s your book?’
Little Boy: ‘In my handbag.’
Me: ‘You don’t have a handbag. That’s a backpack. A handbag is for girls…usually.’
Little Boy: ‘I am handsome?’
Me: ‘What? No, handbag…not handsome.’
Little: ‘I am not handsome??’
Little Boy: ‘You say I am ugly?!!’
Me: ‘Where’s your book?!!’
Little Boy: ‘Here!…I am handsome?’
Me: ‘Ok, so for Open Class this class and that class (next room) will combine and be one big class.’
Me: ‘Because I’m only one teacher and there are two classes.’
Kid: ‘No cut and be half teacher?’
Me: ‘Ummm, nooooo. So, there’ll be 15 students…’
Kid 2: ‘FIFTY?!!!’ (he starts manically counting the 16 desks in the classroom)
Me: ‘One five. Fifteen.’
Kid 2: ‘Ohhhh.’