Student quotes of the day . . .
10th Grade Boy: “You really like Chuck Norris, don’t you?”
The students had finished a viewing activity where Partner A watched a video clip (without sound) and described what was happening to Partner B, who was facing away from the screen and had to write down what Partner A said. This required them to use a lot of English, and I was happy with their level of engagement.
I was, however, perplexed by the student. He seemed sincere, but does he really think that I sit around at home watching Walker Texas Ranger?
This echoed a student from a few weeks who said to me, “You really don’t like Justin Bieber, do you?”
Um, sorry kids, I don’t actually care about Chuck Norris or Justin Bieber. But because you bring one of them up EVERY PERIOD, I mention them to show that I know what your interests are. (Although sometimes I wish the students varied their jokes a little bit more, I always laugh when these guys work their way into the lesson.)
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Student at the refugee camp: “I like you. You’re nice.”
This melted my heart. We were working on a flower craft that involved paper, pipe cleaners, and plastic straws. The students also designed some bracelets with the pipe cleaners. I loved, loved, loved pipe cleaners as a kid. They are so soft and versatile. Sitting at a table with girls from Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Somalia and watching them creating flowers, butterflies, and hearts with just a few art supplies was a pleasure. Their experiences are radically different from my own, but it’s just a reminder that we as humans always have more in common than we think.
The same student asked how to write my name and made me a heart. She made my day.
It got a little crumpled in my book bag, but I’m still proud of it. The flower and the post-it notes are to cover up her name.
The past few weeks have been a bit tiring. Because my immune system seems incapable of fighting off Hungarian viruses, I recently caught the flu that struck the primary school students and spent most of five days on the couch. Luckily, Thursday is a Hungarian national holiday, and Jesse and I will be traveling! We haven’t taken a trip yet this year. Pictures of Budapest and Kosice, Slovakia will be forthcoming!