Teaching Diary: More Cute Kid Stories (13/10/2015)

[Originally published on 13 October 2015]

Teaching Diary – More Cute Kid stories. I am really worried now, for it seems I have crossed some threshold and now more of my students are opening up with terrifying expressions of happiness and joy!

Example 1: Today I received my first gift from a student. They had drawn, coloured in, and cut out a flower and gave it to me as a present. When we finished our reading, she left my room by saying “bye bye butterfly”! This, of course, concerns me (does she perhaps need glasses?), for I look nothing like a butterfly, more like a bloated caterpillar!

Example 2: The child who told me they “wuvved me” yesterday said it again today. Several times. The frequent hugs were almost unbearable! On the positive side, the last time he actually said: “I love you”, which means the lisp is gone, so I no longer have to teach him anymore, and can probably dump off the affectionate little bundle of joy within a few days! 😛

Example 3: This kid was just plain hilarious today. I’ve been using a book for my reading interventions the last few days called ‘The Salamander Room’, where there is a kid who brings a salamander home and his mom keeps asking him questions (e.g. “how are you going to feed him?” “I’ll bring in insects.” How will you take care of the multiplying insects?” “I’ll bring in some birds to eat them.” “How are the birds supposed to live in your room?” “I’ll take the roof off the house and plant trees in our house for them to live in.”) Every kid today who read the story ended up loving the idea of having a kid slowly turn his room (and house) into an extension of the great forest outside.

Well, this particular student would have none of it. As soon as the child in the story proposed a solution to his mom, my student got frustrated and would raise a problem that the mom usually brought up on the very next page of the book. At the end of the story I asked him what he thought of the story. His response: “This kid is entirely irresponsible!” 🙂 I couldn’t help it, I laughed out loud. My student sounded like a dour and stern adult who has lost patience with their kid whose mind is in the magical and wonderful clouds of the imagination – and this student is only 8 yrs old!

Teaching Diary: Cute Kid Story (12/10/2015)

[Originally published on 12 October 2015]

Teaching Diary – Cute Kid Story Alert! I was reading with one of my endlessly restless first graders today, one who has on a couple of occasions grabbed my arm and given me a little arm hug after I’ve walked him back to class. Today I experienced affection overload from this wee lad. While I was having him read he reached over and gave me a little arm hug. After the third one he said in his little child voice “I wuv you Dr. Welch!” (he has an Elmer Fudd voice, which is one of the reasons I am tutoring him!)
At this point I thought worriedly “Bloody hell, this kid has probably now completely attached himself to me and I’ll NEVER escape!” “Perhaps”, I thought, “his parents are brood parasites like the cuckoo bird and have laid an egg in my nest while I was gone, and now that I’ve returned I’ve got to raise their kid!” Then again, I might be overreacting…

Teaching Diary (28/9/2015)

[Originally published 28 September 2015]

Teaching Diary. The world of being a kid is so different from when I was 6-8 yrs old. Today I began meeting with the nearly 20 primary school kids I’ll be tutoring over the next few weeks. So today we chatted casually so that we could get to know each other. Here are some of the crazy problems I didn’t have to worry about until just a few years ago when I was in my late 30’s, but they’re concerned about now at roughly age 7!
1. A few plan to close down their YouTube channels because of the unpleasant environment they have to deal with.
2. One is having “serious issues” with T-Mobile, and is looking for a new mobile phone service provider.
3. Another is looking for a good iPad repair person at a decent price.
4. Another saw the netbook sitting on my desk and commented casually that theirs was more advanced than mine.

Bloody hell! When I was a kid our family had two phones, attached to the wall, with a 4 ft cord and a rotary dial, and the internet wasn’t going to be invented for another 15 years! It was a relief to learn that a few of the kids still watch Tom and Jerry, so we at least have one thing in common! On the other hand, only one kid so far knew about Doctor Who, so I think we can all agree that this is a significant sign of bad parenting, for if you are a REAL parent, you watch Doctor Who with your kid every single Saturday as well as every day in between. Seriously. Get your act together parents of small children! 😛