Dick jokes, everybody. That’s where this post is headed, just so you know.
It started innocuously enough in my younger class, when I showed them an infected bug bite on my hand and they alternately recoiled and tried to fix me. One boy Jay said, “Teacher, you have to — this — and on it, and it will okay.”
It was hard to recommend a good correction for this sentence.
As a sidebar, this is pretty typical of communication with many students: there are lots of gestures for unknown vocabulary and decent connecting language. It could be worse! To resume, “this” was peeing on the bite, and to drive the point home, a few other boys had to jump up and demonstrate as well, illustratively grabbing their crotches. One added (or was it Jay again?) that his sister had told him so.
Then I had my second class which was wonderfully responsive and breezy, although I was feeling a little feverish from the room’s heater and the bug bite. Afterward, I graded homework where I found the two gems in the pictures.
This was a translation exercise, and it should read "My little brother really doesn't like cockroaches." Suffixes are so important.
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Today I had my favorite class, and it went as well as ever. To top it off, I got two new students, twins called Herry and Jerry who evened up my return rate for that class. They must be twelve or thirteen, but they have the deepest voices in the class… but they still wear matching clothes and even matching glasses.
This class has 16 students, but there are only about 10 names between the lot of them! I have two Bellas, two Peggys, two Brians, and two Jerrys. On the bright side, I don’t have any ridiculous names like Pony! I only have to work on Herry, and I’ve had luck convincing students before (Toby was convinced his name was spelled Tobby before I told him otherwise).
Looking through my cell phone pictures, I found a few fun pieces of homework, so I’ll throw them up here without too much segue or explanation. For this first one, I’ll just comment that you always have one or two of those philosophical types in every class…
For the next two, those who aren’t philosophers are artists with the written word. Sometimes you don’t understand the art, but you have to respect the effort.
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