My Lady Gaga is a close second though.
Simply the Best Worst Teaching Moment this Week
Lesson 2 is on Canada!
I will be posting this in detail actually but in short I showed them the commercial "I am Canadian!" and went over the lyrics with them.
Talk done - now it is time for an activity! Okay.
Girl in third row has had her face covered by a towel the entire time. I really don't mind the people who sleep in my class since I would rather be doing the exact same thing but covering your face with a towel? Come on!
Smile on, I am determined to get that girl to do at least five minutes of work in my class. Tapping her shoulder lightly I sit down next to her and take the work sheet. "Lets do this together."
Okay so let us pause for a moment here. When I am in a cafe, people stare probably because of a combination that I am loud, English and oh-so-white. No problem - usually I wave at the starers and many have fast become my friend. I love Japan!
Most people in cafes are rather quiet. But every now and again the sound, whether it be from an old woman or young gal, comes out loud and clear, "EEEEhhhhEEEHhhEHEHHE!?!?!" A sound which means nothing precisely but is understood as something along the lines of "Your-fucking-with-me-no-way-I-can't-believe-it-this-is-amazing-I-need-a-sandwich!"
So when my student said this, I didn't want to slap her or punch her but bury my shoe in my face. "Yes, EEEEhhhhhEEEHHEHEHHE!??! You can do this. Just try. Come on! We can do it together." Patience is a virtue... remember Vanessa!?
Nothing. No response. She covers her face with the towel again.
"Knock, knock." I laugh. She puts the towel down and looks at me with squinting eyes and a frown.
"Come on! 'An igloo is a _______ made out of ice?' Is it a car? Or a house!?" My voice clearly indicated which was the right answer.
Again, the sound. "EEEEhhhhEEEHHEHEHEHHE??!!"
Sweet Jesus! "Okay. How about starting with something about you~! Do you like manga!?"
I was going to kill her. I smiled instead and showed off my teeth. Both rows in fact. I caved, "Manga ga sukidesu ka?" I never, ever say it in Japanese. But this time, I needed to take one step back for one step forward.
Or so I thought.
Her frown deepens. "Manga!? Manga wa nan desu ka?"
I looked at her. Said I was sorry for my Japanese. I repeated myself. Slowly, making sure I pronounced well...
"nani~!?" she says.
Imagine an English person saying they don't know the word ... oh I don't know- ENGLISH! Well, this girl was asking me what manga was. I knew she was pressing my buttons. Fuck, I was ready to press some of hers. I stood up and took her dictionary.
"Here." I wrote manga in both hiragana and in roman letters. "Look it up."
Her neighbours were shocked repeating to her "Manga! Ma-n-ga." They were surprised as I was. I just walked away. I had others to tend to in my class of 35.
Simply the Best of the Best Teaching Moments