There is one boy in my class who is older than the others, and likes pretending he is my peer. And in some cases, 12 year olds *can* be like my peer, depending on the situation. But other times, it's obvious just how innocent (thank goodness! I get worried about these kids) and also unthinking in a childish way he is.
Him: So, Miss [Name] do you have a husband? Me: Nope, I don't. (thinking "hello, my name is "Miss"!") Girl 2 years younger than him: Do you have any kids? Me: No kids, no! Him: Of *course* she doesn't have kids, girl! She just said she wasn't married! Me: ... ermm... that doesn't necessarily mean I don't have kids, but I don't have any, no. *girl gives me this total 'what the hell's up with him look'*
This kid would certainly know unmarried mothers. He'd also know many divorced mothers (therefore, no husband). Yet obviously hasn't connected his thoughts up in his questioning process! Education from Life still needs the comprehension skills I think!
I was in the computing room watching a class while their teacher was out (my mentor was supervising both classes at the same time, and the other student teacher was in our actual class. So no duty of care issues, just in case you were concerned).
I went up to one boy who was playing games and asked
Me: Why aren't you doing your powerpoint presentation? Him: I don't have one. Me (conversationally) : Oh? Why's that? Him: I'm just here on transition. Me: You came here from another school? Him: Yeah, [mumbles something that was the name of a school]. It's for kids who're being Extended. Me:... Extended? What do you mean? Him: You know, extended! Me: No, I don't know... Him: You know, the other type of suspended! One is suspended, the other is extended! Me: Oh! You mean excluded??
Of course the word I didn't hear was the name of the local school for kids that no other schools will take anymore due to lots and lots of exclusions (being expelled) from schools. They have smaller classes and more security, and try desperately to get them back on track if not just contained.
I still thought that his "starts with an ex, is related to suspended, must be extended" logic was pretty funny.
This blog was originally created to document my trying to help out my best friend in his endeavours to get back to Australia.
It now talks about the websites we work on together, my life, the books I read, student teaching, Australia in general, and anything else I can think of.
He and I drink tea together. I'm going to miss it a lot.
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