Tuesday, August 19, 2008


photo from inmagine website

Let it be said, "I LOVE my kids." I am really excited about my classes this year. Although my numbers are a bit higher, and my schedule is atrocious with no break until two... although I am in desperate need of a softer chair or a pillow (even though I should have ample fluff)... I love my kids. So, it is with the highest respect that I relate this dialogue shared only today:

I have a student I'll call Suzette. Lovely girl, torn jeans, eyes rimmed in dark pools of well done tiger eyed color... In fact, when I posed the question today to consider what item each of the kids would grab if they had to leave their house in a hurry, not sure if anything would be there when they returned... as in Katrina, flood, fire, etc... Suzette's choice? Her makeup so she wouldn't look a mess after the disaster was over. Okay..

So she doesn't seem to enjoy reading, didn't truly want to be very quiet. I moved back to sit in her quadrant, and here is our exchange:

Me: Read, sweetie. (ALL MY reads are said quietly, kindly I hope, and firmly.)

S. I hate to read.

Me: Is it hard for you?

S: Nope. I just hate it.

Me: Read

S: I am not comfortable.

Another student: These chairs aren't good on my fat.

S: I am fat too (uh, no. She's not, by the way)

Me: Read.

S: I have love handles.

Me: Read.

S: How to you get rid of love handles?

Me: Do I look like I'm the right person to ask about that? Read.

S: Did you say reading would get rid of love handles?

Me: Well, no. If it did, I'd look like you!

Needless to say, the bell finally rang and our fascinating conversation came to an end. Not sure who learned what. Never am these days.

Have a good week.


Lisa said...

I whisper, "oh my..." Good luck, you've got a wonderful year ahead of you!!!

belladella said...

How funny! Good luck in your new school year.

Becky K. said...

You are so sweet!

I bet she will enjoy reading by the end of the year. At least, she will do it for you.

Becky K.

Julie said...

I don't know how you do it. I barely got through the adolescent years of my own children without throwing myself onto a sword! ...snicker snicker..

CIELO said...

Blessings to you and yours on your new school year adventures....

So good to see you again


Megan said...

That is hilarious!!! Oh, the joys of teaching! :)