I was teaching my year 12 ESL class and had to leave the room (ssshhhh) to photocopy a page in the text book because a lot of the kids had left the book at home. I came back into the room to see that one of the kids had written this on the whiteboard:
“Ms Frogdancer is a bright person who is constantly talking to us about serious issues with smiley faces.”
I don’t quite know what it means but I know that it was meant as a compliment.
Walking down the hallway towards class, with a “naughty” year 9 boy coming the other way. Realising that he is making eye contact and smiling at me as we pass each other.
Danny, in my year 12 ESL class, said to me that Tuesday is his favourite day of the week. “Why?” I asked, thinking that I’d hear that he had 3 or 4 free periods or something.
“Because it’s double ESL,” he said. “ESL’s my favourite subject.”
(That earned him a hug.)
I was in my year 9 English class and we were discussing a short story dealing with the Holocaust. Laura gave a beautifully perceptive answer to a question I posed and as she was saying it I noticed Kim was looking out of the window at my year 7 class who were out in the sunny yard eating the meal they’d made in Food Tech under the watchful gaze of Mrs H, their teacher. Mrs H is an older lady who is known to be a trifle short tempered if students make her annoyed.
As I clapped and said, Yes! Laura is absolutely spot on,” Kim turned back and realised he’d missed something.
“What did she say?” he asked.
I was a bit annpoyed at him for allowing his concentration to drift so I said acidly, “Well, if you weren’t too busy looking out of the window perving on the year 7s you’d know, wouldn’t you?”
The class laughed at him, then he fatally uttered the following sentence to try and explain himself:
“No! I wasn’t looking at them, I was looking at Mrs H…”
I nearly fell off the front desk I was perched on, I was laughing that much.
Seeing David2 in a Maths class as I was walking past, and then standing at the window smiling and waving at him as he tried to pretend he didn’t know I was there. I’m sure he finds this endearing, at least on some level…
N doing a persuasive speech in ESL where he was in favour of nuclear energy. He had a powerpoint presentation where he had a conversation with God. He had an old engraving of God up on the screen and a soundtrack where God’s replies were coming out of the speakers. He had a friend record God’s side of the conversation, and I could tell by the vowel sounds which country his friend comes from.
I had no idea that South Africa was God’s own country…
Getting my flu vaccination for free every year. Also being forced to eat lollies to ‘recover’ from the injection. Some years I need to recover more than others, especially if the lollies are particularly nice.
I was talking with a couple of the year 12 students in the yard today. Will, who I taught in year 10, reminded me how he dressed up as a member of the KKK for his oral presentation that year. He got his Mum to make the costume out of an old sheet, complete with the hood and he made an excellent speech about racism.
I’d forgotten all about it. We were laughing about it, particularly when I said, “And the funniest thing about it was when you pulled off the hood at the end of your speech and there was an asian face looking at us! No way you’d EVER be accepted in that group!”
Seeing kids from school up the street on weekends and having them smile and say hi. It’s nice.
Explaining something to a kid and seeing the light go on and the “ohhhhh!”
The holidays. (Only 9-and-a-half weeks to go!!!)