Dear friends, It's about time I devoted an entry to my students. They make teaching so enjoyable every single day. I've made an album of them that I will update frequently here.
Do you remember that I teach at Hua Shan Elementary School and Ling Zhou ELementary School's English Village? At Hua Shan Elementary, I keep the students really busy so they usually don't have time to ask me a lot of personal questions. Although I teach at Hua Shan everyday and I feign not knowing Chinese (only works some of the time), I don't give my students a lot of opportunities to ask me personal questions (I give them lots of time to ask me culture questions, though). Please note that in Taiwan, people in general do not hold back in asking about your personal life. It's very typical. At English Village, I only teach two half days and they have the opportunity to ask me a ton of questions because there's more time available. Here are some questions I've been asked:
Curious Student 1: Teacher! How old are you? Me: Hmm...(This is probably the third time I've been asked this question today and not just by students, but by other teachers) Good question. Guess! Curious Student 1: 100! Curious Student 2: 200! Curious Student 3: 5! Me: Wow, do I look 100 and 5 at the same time? Try again... Curious students guess many times before finally guessing my age.
Another question I've been asked many many times: Curious student 1: Teacher! Do you have a boyfriend? Me: Do you know Spider-Man? That's my boyfriend! Curious students burst out into laughter. Sometimes, I change my boyfriend to be Batman & Superman. The kids get a kick out of it.