Moment of learning #1
I was teaching a kinder class and doing our warm up questions (asking random kids random questions from subjects we have already covered) and I asked a newly five year old boy:
"Can you....... jump?"
He looked at me very seriously and said "No."
"Really? Can you jump?"
Same serious face and "No."
Now, I know this kid can jump because that's the kind of tire-them-out-and-send-'em-home-sweating classes I run.
I also know he knows the sentence pattern so I was puzzled. Thinking he was just having a bit of a hot afternoon induced brain blip I jumped up and
(jump jump jump) "Can you jump?" (The kids aren't the only ones who go home tired and sweaty!)
Credit to the kid, he didn't look the slightest bit peeved as (for the third time!) he seriously and solemnly answered "No."
This time though he elaborated: (in Japanese- I'm not that good of a teacher!)
"I live in an apartment. You can't jump or you'll annoy the people below you."
Ahhhhh now I see....
Moment of learning #2
Teaching boys. A 10 year old kept putting his hands in his pants. After the third or fourth time in 10 minutes I very jovially but firmly asked him to keep his hands out of his pants.
He looked at me very seriously and a little pityingly and explained (in English- but I can't take all the credit):
"When it's hot, boys get sweaty and when they get sweaty they get itchy and I'm not itching that, I'm just itching down near there. It's different and it really does get itchy... Don't your .... ahh ... (gestures at his chest) get itchy? My mum always itches there when it's hot.
Ummmm wow. After I got over my happiness at the barrage of English and got onto the content of the conversation I decided that rather than continue down this (admittedly illuminating) avenue it was time for a subject change and suggested that his mother surely didn't itch in public and maybe we should take our cue from that?
And as I said hello to his mum at the end of class I couldn't help sneaking a glance at her chest and wondering how much was superstructure and how much more endowed than I am you have to be before you get a sweat induced itch and exactly what part of a boy's anatomy gets itchy and why and...
A truly educational day all in all.