another one of those posts about being a teacher

Friday, December 17, 2010

disclaimer: you need to read this (and maybe this)
in order to understand the following post.

so - this celebrity lesson plan i've used a few times in class before...
well, i recently used it again in a different class
and the students' creativity astounded me,
yet again.
keep in mind these are german students
who are obviously speaking english as a second language
(or perhaps 3rd of 4th, etc.)
yet their english is just so impressive.

for instance,
one group's story involved:
angelina jolie, barack obama and george washington.
angelina jolie's superpower was that she steals womens' husbands
(i kept waiting for them to add
"and makes out with her brother"
but i guess that was before their time, huh?).
barack obama's superpower was that he is barack obama
(this is, like, the 3rd group to give obama no superpower
other than being funny!)
and george washington's superpower
--warning: this is the best one--
is that can wash dishes faster than anyone else in the world,
which is how he acquired the name washington.
and -- here's the best part --
he has no arms or legs
so he washes them with his hair.
when i first heard this,
i was so confused.
until i realized,
when they think of george washington,
they think of the image they see on the US dollar,
in which you cannot see his arms or legs.
(i am still laughing about this.)

in related news,
on dec. 1 every student and teacher at my school received an advent calendar.
(oh germany, how i love you for being so catholic
and therefore so politically incorrect by american standards)
i took one home with me, of course.
i keep forgetting to eat my chocolate...
but i think it's a pretty little calendar nonetheless.

(i've never had one before - can you believe it?)
Jasmin said...

I actually never knew that it was a German invention (until your post made me looking it up in Wikipedia) by Prostestant Christians. I always loved advent calenders, but you don't sound that enthusiastic about your one?! :(

jackiek said...

oh my goodness that story is hilarious!

Meredith said...

hahah! i was a ta for a while and yeah, the BEST stuff comes out whilst teaching. i can only imagine how awesome it is to be in another country teaching. so funny!

Hadassah said...

Loved your blog, great tips and pictures.

The Owl Diary said...

That story about George Washington is the funniest. Love it. ♥

Michelle Schraudner said...

ha ha that's too funny! I cracked up when I read that Angelina Jolie's superpower is stealing husbands, but it's even funnier that no one even gives Obama a superpower other than being himself! Too cute!

Ellinor Forje said...

The cemetery photos remind me of a place where I live in Lund Sweden. Beutiful. Thanks for sharing and drop by me too when you have time.


Angelica said...

Hi Jenni,

I realize this is a bit late, but thank you for the comment on my blog. I've been meaning to read through your blog because i think it's awesome that you're teaching english abroad. I year to live abroad-perhaps sweden- even those the swedes do not need any help with their english. :)

Anyway, hope all is great!


Angelica said...

ooops- meant to say yearn! *

Whitney said...

WASHington. that. Oh goodness, I love younger minds.
If I could just teach myself to think like that again...I'd be an even happier girl.
Hope you're enjoying being at home!

Anonymous said...

haha great story! Kids...


Jan said...

Loved the George Washington story and the advent calendar.

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