Friday, February 13, 2009

The Funny Things Students in London Say

If there's one thing that will help you survive teaching in London, England it's the children & the funny things they say. You absolutely have to have a great sense of humour to enjoy teaching. Some people will disagree with me, but I just can't see how someone could enjoy slogging through all the stuff you have to do in a day as a teacher without having a good giggle at some of the things the students say. Often you have to suppress your laughter & just save it for later, but sometimes you can even laugh with the students.

One of our teachers has agreed to share her blog post with you, dear readers. Heather is from Ontario and teaches KS1/KS2, which basically means elementary or primary/junior depending on which part of the country you are from. Here are some of Heather's favourite quotes from her students in London this year:

  • Shelby, a reception (kindergarten) student comes up and gives me a big hug at the end of the day. She says with enthusiasm "I love you Heather!" With a smile on my face, I reply "Oh, thanks Shelby! What a nice thing to say." Shelby "Oh, don't worry. I say that to everyone!" She skips off, without a care in the world.
  • A male Year 1 student is leaning on a table, breathing deeply with a pained expression on his face, while the rest of the class is going out for playtime. Teacher goes up to him and asks 'Are you alright?' Student replies, between deep breaths 'Oh Miss...I hit my bits!"
  • Year 6 students are handing in their homework. A student doesn't have theirs. Me: "Why don't you have your homework to hand in Dylan?" Dylan: "My mom didn't put it in my bag. I'll talk to her about it tonight."
  • The teacher is attempting to get the Reception (AKA Kindergarten) class lined up to go to the hall for lunch. She announce to the students "We are going to play Simon Says to make sure everyone is lined up nicely." Hope, a student at the front of the line says to a student behind her "I'm really good at playing Simon Says. It's because my grand dad's name is Simon."
  • I'm looking through some magazines with Nursery (JK) to find pictures to add to a collage. Isabelle points to a picture of a blonde model, points to it an says "She looks like you Heather. Only you've got more spots (meaning pimples), don't you?"
  • A Year 3 student is in the library area trying to pick out a book for quiet reading. He appears to be frustrated, and does not have a book when the rest of the class is inside reading. Teacher "Duvontae, can't you find a book to read?" Duvontae "Nope...*shrugging shoulders *... they're all fucked."
Do you have any funny quotes or stories to share? Tell us more in the comments section. Thanks to Heather for sharing!

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