I'm joining in on my blogging buddy Carolyn's linky party over at Holding Hands and Staying Together called Favorite School Stories. You're supposed to tell a story about something funny your students have said or done. We all have plenty of those! Here's mine:
I’ve been called a lot of funny names in my career, Mrs. Belch, Grandma, Mrs. Welchie, Mrs. Tooty Ta, and Teacher but I never thought I’d be referred to as a reptile.
It happened like this…
A few years ago I had a cute Hispanic child in my class named Miguel. He barely spoke any English. Communicating with him was always tough because I never really knew if he understood what I had said and I rarely understood what he had said. Fortunately, he had a bilingual classmate who translated for him. One day, during circle I thought Miguel was paying particularly close attention to my words but actually, he was paying particularly close attention to my neck.
During calendar time Miguel asked something in Spanish. His translator explained that Miguel wanted to look at my neck. Wondering what in world was going on I said, "Sure, go ahead." He stood up and, in front everyone, came up to look more closely at my neck. He was very serious and we were all curious. Finally he reached out and carefully touched my neck with his hand. In a hushed voice he said, "Tortuga." I looked at his translator for help. He was shaking his head no, almost in a fearful way. Finally, after much effort to assure him everything would be fine, he said, "Mrs. Welch, he thinks your neck looks like a turtle."
My look of horror and then uncontrollable laughter surprised my class. From the mouths of babes! I'm going to invest in more collared shirts. And neck cream.
When you're done be sure to check some other posts on Carolyn's blog. She has lots of fun things going on in her classroom and writes with a great sense of humor!