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All Things That Surround Me

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I taught two more boys with balloons classes today. My favorite part of this lesson is pulling balloons out of my bag and telling them that they get to blow them up. Their eyes get so wide… The students (2.8 and 2.9) were surprisingly respectful of the balloons.  I managed to get a really nice picture of both classes, as well as a few individual and group shots.

One of the students I had blogged about previously, the one who was being tested for depression, was one of the volunteers. Earlier I had looked at his paper, and noted that he had ranked his happiness as ten out of ten. This time as he was posing I saw that the things that make him happy, what he had written on his balloon, are “All Things That Surround Me”

Em in Asia! 2012-06-20 00:45:00

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Today as I prepared to teach 2.9, one of my loudest, most boisterous, and largest second grade boys’ classes, the students told me that two of their classmates were missing. I asked why, and they all screamed out “psychopathhhh!” I chose to ignore it for obvious reasons.

Right at the end of class, the two missing boys came in, and yelled “HIIII” at the top of their lungs. I asked the louder one why he missed my class.

“Oh. They think I’m psychopath.”
“…What?”
“Yes. They do a brain test to check for de-de-de- maybe suicide?”
“Depression?”
“Yes. The percentage that I maybe do suicide.”
“… I hope that percentage was low?”
“Yes don’t worry teacher, I’m fine! GOODBYEEEEEEE.”

That broke my heart a little.