Why I Love My Students Part 1
I've mentioned before how I HATE our textbook. This would not be so bad, save for the fact that our district is moving toward a robotic, "thou shalt all be on the same page, literally, on the same day" philosophy. So, we gots to all use the book to its fullest potential. Still, I try to squeeze some interesting bits out of it. In my Spanish 3 class, the vocab theme in this chapter is food (all things they should have learned much, much earlier) and art. What the hell? How random, but whatever, we deal. So, I'm doing my dog and pony show, casting pearls before swine (just kidding, I love my students) and we are talking about art-in Spanish. I posed the question ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el arte tradicional y el arte moderno? Most of the kids were desperately trying not to make eye contact, but one kid- you know the one- the one who laughs at your little witticisms that you say to keep yourself sane throughout the day? Yeah, you know the one. He raises his hand and I could see that he was forming his thoughts, and he comes up with this: "El arte tradicional es de este mundo, y el arte moderno es de otro mundo- el mundo de la cabeza del artista." WOW. He was the only one who got it when I made my "You are without Ruth" comment (ruthless, get it?)when they were dragging some poor teacher through the wringer. AND, he thought the "monja - jamón/ atún - tuna" bits were amusing. We might be the only ones.