Teacher Life: Almost, but not quite..

I often shamelessly laugh at my students when they mix up their English words. (For example, today a boy said he was wearing a “cat” on his head instead of a “cap.” Or there was the infamous day I asked the class to identify a picture of a kitchen, and a third grader jumped out of his seat and declared, “CHICKEN!” Sorry, no.)

Well, sometimes I get a taste of my own medicine.

Giving instructions to a student who had finished his worksheet early today, I told him to draw a picture of “autumn.” At least that was what I meant to say. Turns out, I accidentally told him to draw a picture of a mirror. When he returned, I was like, “What is this??” Then I realized my mistake and told him to draw another picture, adjusting my pronunciation. He returned with a nice wintry scene of snow falling on a snowman. I was about to question his knowledge of the seasons when it dawned on me that once again it was my bad. (I’m sorry but “gaw-ool,” “gyaw-ool,” and “gah-ul” are really easy to mix up.. I guess kind of like “cat” and “cap”..) I finally figured out the right pronunciation (my students are more than willing teachers) and said, “Okay great, now can you draw a picture of AUTUMN?” Smile on my face.

Dramatic sigh. “Tea-cher!”

In response, I buried my face in my arms and had a good laugh.

When he showed me his first picture, I have to admit, for a minute I thought he was producing some kind of abstract art..
When he showed me his first picture, I have to admit that for a minute I thought he was producing some kind of abstract art..

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After living in South Korea for over 7 years, Elizabeth is back in the States finding a new normal. In the tension of brokenness, resilience, and conviction, she chooses faith and depends on grace. She leans into empathy, curiosity, divine whispers, and childlike wonder.

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