In an effort to give my students a more creative vocabulary so that they can answer the question “how are you?” without the dreaded “I’MFINETHANKYOUANDYOU?” I taught a lesson on feelings. In doing so I inadvertantly learned about my low level students’ reactions to the North Korean shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. Note: this is my crazy, difficult to handle all girls’ 1st grade class (remember, the American equivalent of a 1st grader is a sophmore, so 16 year old girls), definitely not indicative of the energy levels of most of my classes).
EMILY TEACHER: Okay class today we are going to talk about FEELING words.
*explanation of “feelings,” explanation of “words”*
How are you today?
EMILY TEACHER: *Strained laughter* But how are you REALLY? That is what we will talk about!
*Slide 1: HAPPY. Picture of a smiling cat. Girls freak out (TEACHER! CUTEUH!!!!!)*
EXAMPLE: “I am HAPPY because I have English class!”
STUDENT1: TEACHER NO! BAD.
STUDENT2: I am happy for EMILYTEACHER!
EMILY TEACHER: Oooookay, is anyone sad?
*Slide 1: SAD. Picture of sad panda. Girls freak out (TEACHER! CUTEUH!!!!!)*
EMILY TEACHER: What?
STUDENT2: schOOOOOOOL! schOOOOOOOL! SAD SCHOOL!
EMILY TEACHER: You are sad because of school?
ALL STUDENTS: schOOOOOL! schOOOOOL! schOOOOL!
EMILY TEACHER: Okay, any other reasons why we are sad?
STUDENT3: North Korea! North Korea! *punching motions* pyewwwww pyewwwww pyewwwww *makes rocket noises* kapoooo! kapooow!
EMILY TEACHER: Yes, they attacked Yeonpyeong Island.
STUDENT4: YES! very saduh.
STUDENT3: War! WAR!! Emily Teacher leave Korea, North Korea war. Everyday we die. EVERYDAY WE DIE. EVERY.DAY.WE.DIE.