My students make me laugh in a number of ways, one of those ways being the things they say and the way in which they say them. Here are a few examples:
- Sometimes when my students need help in class, they’ll say, “Teacher, S.O.S.!”
- Conversation between me and one of my 3rd grade students: “Teacher, sticker please?” “I don’t have any stickers.” “Teacher, candy please?” “I don’t have any candy.” “Teacher, MONEY PLEASE?” “Get a job.”
- In my 5th grade classes, I recently taught my students the expression: “This is a _____.” During one of these classes, I showed them a picture of a kitchen and told them to make a sentence using the key expression. Instead of saying, “This is a kitchen,” one of my students blurted out with confidence, “This is a chicken!” Laughter ensued shortly after by me and the rest of the students in the class.
- For the same lesson, I gave my students a worksheet to do in groups. One of the categories on the worksheet was “Four Things You Find in a Kitchen.” Later on while grading the worksheets, I saw that one group had listed “iceberg” as something found in a kitchen. I’m pretty sure they meant “freezer” or “refrigerator.”
- Another category listed on the worksheet was “Four Things You Find in a Bathroom.” While my students were trying to think of answers, one group called me over to their table for help. The first thing they said to me was, “Teacher, word please” which meant they needed help figuring out a word, so I assumed their next move would be to play charades and act out the word they wanted. Turns out I was right about playing charades, because then one of the boys pointed to his chair and proceeded to act as if he was taking a dump! Turns out the word they wanted was “toilet.”
- There is a little boy who comes into my office every day and asks, “Teacher, may I have a sticker please?” One day he decided to switch things up by asking me, “Teacher, may I have 999 stickers please?”
- The first time I ever wore my hair curly to school, my students noticed the change immediately and asked me, “Teacher, perma?” I figured that the word “perma” meant “curl,” so I told them, “Yes, perma.” Later on that day, my co-teacher informed me that the word “perma” actually means “PERM.” My students thought I had gotten a perm, and I foolishly confirmed their observations! (Perms are actually pretty common here in Korea.)
My students may be a handful, but they sure are hilarious.