why can’t we choose who we fall in love with?
We’ve all been there. The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile.
"Please Swipe Again". "Please Swipe Again". "Insufficient Fare".
The last two words are killer. You think to yourself “I swear I had a balance on this card”….
Today I remembered that you can totally steam veggies in the microwave in about a minute??
I’m actually excited to know I can throw raw broccoli in a container as part of my work lunch and just cook it there
i love that being an adult means being excited about shit that would have had us giving zero shits as children. growing up we think adults are boring and don’t have that zest for life but really our excitement about stuff shifts to stuff children simply can’t understand… like steamed broccoli. LOL
it was a rough one today teaching the 5th and 6th graders. i was doing a shopping activity where i taught them how to ask how much something is then haggle in english and they were to make a roleplay with their partner (writing it down, then presenting it in front of the class).
quite a few students were just not having it, not even trying to write down anything with their partner and were goofing around. i talked to one and asked why he wasn’t doing his, and asked why everyday he doesn’t try hard at english when i know he is smart and perfectly capable of doing very well, and he said he wasn’t smart (not that surprising because that’s basically what every korean child says, they definitely underestimate themselves) but also he thought he couldn’t learn english.
he did eventually write, though, much to my surprise, because after our staredown and my talking to him, i was sure it wasn’t going to happen.
the rest of the class gathered 2 strikes, meaning no stickers, and i talked to the whole class about it in my meager korean. telling them that if they don’t even try, and don’t put their all into it, they won’t learn english. and if they want to learn they need to pay attention and listen when someone else is speaking, especially other students who are presenting materials. then i got flustered because of how hard it was to talk about abstract things like that in korean and wrote into google translate that some students think they can’t learn korean, but that’s not true, and i believe in them. i was surprised by their response to that. they were joking, but they were acting like they were crying from being touched, some students said they were touched, and someone made the sound of a heart fluttering/beating after I said it. LOL?
honestly i thought because of my personality and how i interact with them that they would know how much i care so of course i believe in them, but maybe it wasn’t so obvious. i’m going to have to really work on it and try to get students to stop giving up on themselves before they even try.