When I was teaching Spanish in Nebraska, I loved sharing stories with my classes about the embarrassing things I got myself into. Sometimes I would use my story to get their attention at the beginning of class and sometimes I would tell a story at the end of class if there was time. When I could I would tell my stories in Spanish using as many gestures and cognates as possible. Many times I would give the kids opportunities to share something funny that had happened to them.
On this particular occasion no one had any stories for me. “Come on,” I pleaded, “surely things like this happen to you guys too!”
Finally, one quiet girl from the second row raised her hand. She answered only after I had called on her. “Mrs. Irish, things like that do happen to us. We just don’t tell any body!”
I wished I had kept a journal of the funny things my students would say sometimes, but out of the ones I remember this is probably my favorite! How true! But what is the fun in that? That’s what I want to know!