purely for the tax benefits, obviously

When I noticed four other teachers crowding around my doorway to listen in on my spontaneous awkward teaching moment, I just knew I'd be sharing it on the blog today!
(To understand this post, you'll need to know one thing: the kids with hearing loss that I teach also have some considerable language delays. So while they may be eight years old, their language may be more like at a 2 or 3 or 4 year old level.)
We were reading "Me on the Map", and I decided that a good extension activity would be to draw a map of our own bedrooms. I passed out white sheets of paper and some pencils and we all got down to work. Even me. I figured: why not draw my bedroom as I supervise and assist them while they draw theirs?
I drew the door.
I drew the two windows.
I drew a big square bed with two pillows.
"TWO pillows?!" one of my kiddos said. "Why TWO pillows?!?"
I answered: "One for me, and one for Mr. B."
"What? He your girlfriend?"
"Boyfriend! And no, he's not my boyfriend. He's my husband."
"You sleep with him?"
"Husband, what that?"
Turns out, "husband" is a new vocabulary word for my five students. Four of my colleagues appeared out of nowhere and gathered around as I drew a stick figure of myself on the board, labeled "Mrs. B - wife" and Max, labeled "Mr. B - husband."
"We're MARRIED." I said, taking off my ring and showing everyone.
"Ooooooohhhhh" (ah, the sound of dawning realization!)
I thought the matter was settled when someone piped up with:
"Why you married?!?"
And then the giggling from the other teachers started all over again.


tara said...

I came across your blog about a week ago and I love it! Having worked in both an elementary and a middle school I can relate to some of your stories. Kids often say and do the darndest things.

Elissa Newton said...

Love This.

KellyTeaches said...

LOL- what?! I can't believe they did not know the word husband :) That's so cute. My kids last year were taught the word fiance, but they could never say it haha.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I am surpised they didnt play "house" like I did with my hearing sister. Although, these kids may have lesbian parents or single parent so they may not be familiar with "husband" they are more likely know what a father is, though. Anyway, when you mentioned language delay, are they just learning spoken language for the first time or have they been using spoken language? Just curious. I know I am delay in language and I have been using HAs (profound deaf) since I was three(no sign language whatsoever, not even SEE)

Sherri said...

Oh, I can picture the scene unfolding....and had you known, it would have just been easier to draw ONE pillow you probably would've done it!

And to have others listening during all of this? Hysterical.

Sparkling said...

Love it!!!

Anonymous said...

I am dying to know how you answered the question....surely not just the tax benefits!! hehehe.

Renee said...

Hahaha! "Why you married?" That's really cute - super awkward for you, I'm sure - but really cute. How did you answer?

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

We all wonder why we married sometimes!

Charlotte said...

Awesome. Gotta love the innocently awkward questions (my four-year-old asked me, loudly, at the grocery store the other day how babies get inside the Mommy).

teachermum said...

What a cute story!
As long as you know why you have a husband! Hope you do...

Maranda said...

Awwww! That's too cute!

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