Monday, June 13, 2005


Here at Lila, I'm teaching over 700 students a week. Many many classes. Classes are 40 mins each and then the students have an 8 min recess. So, they have 7 recesses in 1 day. Mind you they are only 8 mins long, except for lunch, they get 40 mins. Now, the school has given me these wonderful little yellow stickers to give away to the kids. These stickers say, "English Best Speaker" on them and they draw the children like a light draws bugs.

The time designated for me to give these stickers out was lunch time. The problem was, I would have 20-30 kids lining up and coming in to get stickers. In order to get a sticker they have to speak to me in English. Most of them didn't really know anything, so it took some work to get them to answer some simple questions such as, "how old are you, what grade are you in, how are you" etc. They have since gotten much better.

I finally made an executive decision, no more stickers at lunch time. It was insane. I would get no break whatsoever. During the 8 min recesses, I get ready for the next class, so no rest there, and when you have 20-30 1st and 2nd graders clamoring for stickers at lunch time, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Since I now only give out stickers during the 8 min recess times, I get far less students, but that's ok. It was crazy! Today though, the funniest thing happened.

I started sticking the stickers on the noses of the kids, I don't know, just because. It was funny, and the look of somewhat surprise on there faces was great. When I stuck the sticker on this one little girl's nose, (whose English is pretty good I might add) she started signing rudolf the red nosed rein deer in Korean as she skipped her way out of the class room. lol I only knew what she was signing because the tune is so recognizable. :-) It was too funny and cute.

Ok, well, it's time for me to go.

C ya


At 9:17 AM, Blogger Sylvie said...

What a busy day for you Ken! When do you get to breath?

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Al Menezes said...

I thought the good ones are suppose to get stars and the bad dots?

At 7:03 AM, Anonymous me said...

No, that's only in socialist countries like Canada. If you get enough stars, they give you a cycle and hammer patch. :-P

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Darren B said...

I thought the cycle and hammer patch was only awarded in France (where biking and blacksmithing are both popular... hmmmm)

Ok, is "English Best Speaker" grammatically correct English?


At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about English 'bestest' speaker!

At 3:21 AM, Anonymous me said...

France :-) lol, well, that would explain a few things in central eastern Canada now wouldn't it :-P

Yes, I thought the stickers a bit ironic. What can I do ... I just go with it. They're so proud of themselves, just go with the flow bro.


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