Welcome to another edition of “Classroom Convos”. Below you find a few of the conversations that took place over the last few days. Enjoy! A: get off the LaLa Land K: what does LaLa Land mean?! A: it means she guys … Continue reading
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Students engaging in conversation is a norm in any classroom around the world. However, I’m learning that student-student and student-teacher conversation here in my classroom in China is down right hilarious at times.
Two words…language barriers.
Now, just to remind everyone, I don’t teach English. I am a certified teacher and I teach at an American International School.
Below you find a few of the conversations that took place today. Enjoy!
Me: Hey guys?! Please don’t use your fingers to eat your rice. We don’t use our hands to eat.
Class: Yes Miss Mahlaaaaah…
Me: Wait…sometimes we do use our hands! Never mind just don’t use you hands to eat your rice.
A: Miss Mahla we use hands with chicken?!
Me: yes sweetie, like I showed you. Instead of wrapping the chicken leg in a napkin.
A: YES! Oh Miss Maaaaahlaaaaah! We use hand for candy…aaaaaaaaand cake. Your birthday cake you make was so good. AAAAAANNNND….
Me: ok ok ok…your right sometimes we can use our hands!
A: *continues to name foods to eat with hands*
*Playing with block*
Students are speaking Chinese
F: WE HAVE TO SPEAK EEEEENGLIIIIIIISH!!!!
A: oooookay ok ok ok ok ok!
*I visit one of the Pre-K classrooms*
A few students: MIIIIIIIIIIS MAAAAAAAHLAAAAAAAAAH!!
V: *eyes open very big looking at me* oooooooh weeeeee CHOOOCOOOLAAAAATE!!
DI (Director): Marla could you drop these floor maps off at the other classrooms?
*enters other 5YO Classroom*
Students: MISS MAAAAAHLAAAAAAAAH!!
Me: hey guys!
L: It’s Miss Mahlaaaaaah!
Students: *repeating* Miss Mahla
Teacher Assistant: Guys you’re so loud! Miss Marla is a celebrity in here
Mz Hunter Teaches
It’s a new school year…
I’m at a new school…
I’m only teaching 1 grade this year…
I have AMAZING parents…
I have students in my class and in other teachers’ classes that make me laugh…
When I say laugh, I mean one of those double over, crying tears, gut hurting laughs. The type of laughs that make me snort extremely loud.
So here’s the story….
There’s this lovely child in another teacher’s class and he look at me at lunch Monday and here’s the convo:
S: Miss Hunter?! Do you know your name is Hunter?
Me: Yep, I sure do!
S: So what’s your real name?
S: NOOOOO…what’s your real name?
Me: Hunter (walks away)
Then there was Wednesday…
S: Mrs. Hunter?!?!?
Me: nope..I’m Miss Hunter. Mrs. Hunter is my mum…she’s married to my day.
S: *scrunches up face* *smiles* (walks away) hmmmmmm….
Finally, today at dismissal…
S: (running down hallway to classroom) HUNTER!!! (stops suddenly) ummm…MISS Hunter?!
Me: (looks down to try not to laugh in child’s face)
Honestly, this child makes my day! He may not be in my class, but I’m that candle that he’s drawn to and I’m ok with it!
So it’s Lunch Time in Mz. Hunta’s classroom and below are what my beloved 1st and 2nd grade students are saying… ENJOY!!
“I can’t believe the school year is almost over…it JUST started!”
“Miss Huuuunter?! I remember when you first came here!!”
“OMG…I thought you were mean the first day!” – My reply “I am mean…I MEAN business!!”
“Miss Hunter I’m going to miss you….”
“Hey we better hurry up and eat or we’ll miss recess!!!”
“Bye Felicia!!” (quote from the movie “Friday)