It’s Quote Friday!! YAY!! And a rainy one at that.
Excuse for today for being late (I arrived at 11:16am, not 11:00am) : ‘I walk slower when it rains. I think I might fall over.’
Co-Teacher: ‘Ok, I understand.’
While learning ‘I used to’ with my grade fours:
Boy 1: ‘I used to hate math. Now, I like math.’
Boy 2 sitting in front of him turns around, raises his eyebrows and stares at him skeptically…then shakes his head slowly.
Boy 1: ‘Yes, really.’
Me: ‘Ok, next?’
Boy 2: ‘I used to don’t like computer games. Now, I like computer games.’
Boy 1 jumps from his seat, pointing at Boy 2.
Boy 1: ‘LYING!!!! Him all the time like computer games. Lying, Teacher!’
I draw a mitten on the board.
Me: ‘What’s this?’
Little Girl: ‘A hand jacket.’
While doing listen and repeat:
I drop the open-topped board marker. It bounces off my skirt and lands on the floor.
Me: ‘Oh shi…’ (and I stop before I finish the swear word)
While teaching history on Monday:
Me: ‘Ok so way way way back in time they had no electricity and no lights and no running water, no TV. When do you think way back in time was?’
Same class as above:
Me: ‘Ok, so we live in the olden days and we have no cars and no trains and no planes. How do I around?’
Kid 1: ‘Walking.’
Kid 2: ‘Horse and carriage.’
Me: ‘Excellent. So I’m in Seoul. Where can I go in a horse and carriage?’
Kid 3: ‘Mexico!’
Me: ‘From Seoul?!’
Kid 3: ‘Yes.’
Me: ‘But why??’
Kid 3: ‘It’s fun.’
Kid 4: ‘Oh, it take a long time!’
Let’s all bear in mind, I teach in a Korean elementary school. One of my grade two students is called ‘Jenny’ as am I. A conversation I overheard while on break time. These kids have been studying English for a year. Three little girls, sitting in my classroom.
Kid 1: ‘Hmmmm, teacher is Jenny and you are Jenny. YOU can be black Jenny.’
I glance up from behind my computer.
Kid 2: ‘No no, BROWN. She’s BROWN Jenny.’ (correcting her)
I start wondering where this is going.
Jenny: ‘Yes, I am brown Jenny.'(confirming)
I look at the three girls and they look up at me.
Kid 1: ‘YOU are green Jenny.’
I look confused.
Kid 1 points at me. I look down. I’m wearing a green top. I look at the other Jenny. She’s wearing a brown dress. I shake my head and return to my computer.