I teach a girl, Vanilla, on Saturday mornings. She is about 11 years old. Vanilla has always been one of my best students, because she really likes English and wants to learn......it also helps that she really likes me.
About a month and a half ago, I was teaching her class a grammar lesson. We were going over the various kinds of nouns, adverbs, verbs, and pronouns.
Ivy, another student in the class, thought it would be funny to make me wear her scarf while I taught. She lovingly wrapped her scarf around me and told me I was beautiful. I kept the scarf on for almost five minutes before I pulled it off and said, "I'm sorry, Ivy, I don't like it when things touch my neck. But, thank you for letting me be beautiful with your scarf."
Well, it seems that out of everything I taught that day.......this was the only thing that Vanilla remembered.
Helena is Vanilla's mom. I teach Helena on Sunday afternoon. This past Sunday, I was teaching about the importance of descriptions and visualization.
So, I prepared a little game. I filled a cup with strips of paper. They had to pull out a piece of paper and describe the word to us.........pretty standard game............
At one point, Helena pulled out a piece of paper and said, "this is something that ladies like to wear in the winter. But, maybe Leah doesn't wear one because she doesn't like things to touch her neck."
I sat there for a moment thinking, "I didn't put turtleneck in there.......oh, wait........"
"Did Vanilla tell you that?" I asked.
"Yes. She said that you really don't like things to touch your neck. She could tell your words were true by your face."
"Huh," I said/grunted.
The word was scarf, duh.
But, the point is........out of my whole class, the thing that stuck with Vanilla was the scarf incident. And she went home to share the story with her parents.
She still can't tell me what a common noun is..............................
SIDENOTE: I do own scarves. If you ever notice me wearing one, you will know that I'm REALLY COLD. But, you can also know that I'm screaming in my head.