Thursday, August 24, 2006

Things I need to post about...

... when it's not my bedtime:

1. Using the threat of the Wrath of the Baby Jesus as a classroom management strategy
2. How I ended up giving a lesson about the Chief Amongst Cusswords
3. Less than two weeks of school, and we already handed out a suspension.


Blogger Venha Futuro said...

The first one sounds interesting. And the third one is a tragedy, indeed. But the second option really grabs the imagination, you know? I gave a group of ESL students a two-hour lesson on that one (I assume you're North American and not British/POM, and talking about the NA CAC), and still had a nagging feeling that I had left out a lot of information.

8/26/2006 9:45 PM  
Blogger lily of the valley said...


This was a mixed ESL/native English group. One of the kids (an African-American) for some reason brought up the question of why "nigger" was a bad word. And another kid piped up with how the "s-word" was bad but "poo" wasn't, and yet they meant the same thing. I was supposed to introduce the concept of etyomology, so we ended up discussing how the word "fuck" came into being and some of the speculations behind it. We managed to do it without saying the word (I don't want to get fired, after all), but the kids were utterly riveted for the whole discussion.

8/26/2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger Venha Futuro said...

That little kid got right to the heart of the matter, didn't he? I never used to understand why adults never said that someone is dead/died. I still don't, come to think of it, but I tolerate their ridiculousness better than I used to.

8/27/2006 5:35 PM  

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