Kids say the darnedest things as they say. Working with kids is not always as cute and as happy as idealists picture it to be. No matter how much patience you have, there will come a point that you will really struggle to hold on and not lose it.
Many times, when I am about to reach the breaking point, my kids will come up with a line or two and I will end up forgetting my anger altogether. Here are some that comes to mind:
Kid 1: I know how to swim.
Kid 2: Me too, my sister taught me how.
Kid 3: My sister taught me too. She taught me how to drown.
Most of my kids are fluent in both English and Tagalog but most of them are better in English. When they learn new words, they love to brag about them.
Kid 1: I know how to speak Spanish, Buenas Dias!
Kid 2: Me I know French. Bon jour!
Kid 3: Ako alam ko Tagalog ng dog – aso!
We were talking about living and non-living things.
Me: Is a table living or non-living?
Me: Good! How about a sheep?
Kid 1: Living
Kid 2: Non-living
Me: It’s Living darling.
Kid 2: How can a sheep live?
Me: It eats and grows and says baa..baa..
Kid 2: Oh! You mean a sheeeeep.
I was evaluating their knowledge of body parts. I
Me: Where is your head?
(Kid points to the head)
Me: Where is your elbow?
(Kid points to elbow)
Me: Where is your ankle?
Kid looks at me puzzled.
Kid: He’s in the office.
I really think I need to work on my pronunciation.
Bob Ong said that teaching is not a profession, it is a vocation. You need a lot of dedication to last in this field. I have been teaching for more than ten years now and I still have a love-hate relationship with it. However, right now I can’t see myself doing other things than this. So while I’m at it I might as well gather many moments like these.