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.