This Where the Nonsense Turns to Makesense

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Working Class Citizen

I gotta job. I love my job. I am currently the first and third grade instructional aid who gets to work with mostly English language learners (ELLs) and the lower guys (both my favorite groups). I might enjoy the stories I leave with as much as I enjoy the kids who tell them.
Scene- I am working with a group of four students, all ELLs, on the floor of the hallway outside the classroom. I am teaching math.
Me: Who can tell me something you know about this shape?
Student 1: It has four pointers.
Me: Very good, it has four points. Anyone else have something to add?
Student 2: It has four sides.
Me: Great observation. Who else can add to that?
Student 3 (the funny one): My grandma had a butt surgery. She went to the hospital and they cut her butt right here (points to butt) and they sewed it up. (pause) she showed me.
Me: That's nasty.
Student 3: Yeah. And, that's a square.
Me: (I just sit there for a bit, unable to recover).

Scene- I am pulling students out one at a time to set reading goals for the next month.
Me: N. Can you tell me something you are good at?
N: (without hesitation) My Spanish accent.
Me: (impressed) WOW that's awesome. You can speak Spanish? Can you say something to me in Spanish?
N: (with eyes that are attempting to control my brain as she sinks into her chair like a villain, she breaths) Spanish-aye
Me: (I just sit there for a bit, unable to recover).


No(dot dot)el said...

Shock. Awe. You have an almost cuss on here!! Insert emoticon with hands on cheeks, open-mouthed, and wide eyed. Ba ha ha this is so funny! I honestly don't know how with your quick wit and sense of humor that you can maintain composure for any amount of time, let alone long enough to teach a lesson. But then I bet you just get into a good teacher mode. This was so funny.

Rachel said...

Oh man, you got some stories all right! Kids are so very interesting...made me laugh!

Jeni said...

Oh, I do enjoy your stories! This was hilarious. Sorry that I missed it before.