Tag Archives: Teaching humor

The End of the Future — When You’re a student anyway

15 May
Supposed to meet a student today to talk about how to study for the final (he had a hard time on the middle exam). Super easy.
 
Student — 26 messages including 14 horror faces 😱 9 sobbing faces 😭 and 3 weeping piggies.
 
Me — Darlin! Are you okay? Is the world over? Has life ended?!?
 
Student — TEACHER! (more sobbing faces) . . . My building had no power (true). My phone died and I didn’t get the alarm. I went to sleep and I forgot our meeting! Will I pass the test!?! Will I fail!?! Dear teacher, what should I do! (Another weeping piggy).
 
Me — Darlin — no fears, there’s this awesome fun word called RESCHEDULING!
 
Student — 😮Wow! We can do that?
 
Me — Sweetheart, I am Queen Olivia of the Economics classroom known as Olivia Country. There is nothing I can’t do 😎 Mwahahahahaha I am powerful! 😂🤣
 
Teaching — the power is addicting. Also, they are calling me Queen Olivia now because we keep talking about Olivia Country in economics 😅

Teaching Confusion. . . .

24 Sep
I have more than 600 students this semester between all three classes I teach (I teach the entire junior and sophomore years – – all majors). But there is always that magic moment when a student adds me on Wechat with the profile image of a random (though adorable) bunny, the username “RainbowsareCute🌺” and the clarifying statement “Teacher, I am your student. What chapter is for the next class?. . . . . .
 
Well, that’s a VERY good question. If I knew how I knew you, I could possible know the answer 🤣😂💚 Let us now ponder the mystery together!

Cheating #China Style

19 Apr



Cheating China style 😰  So annoying.  No notes mid-term exam, somehow they had magic notes under the keyboard.  ‘Teacher, It’s not mine. I Don’t know where it came from!’

Funny. . . You’re the only one in this seat. 😡  How do they even read a font that small?  

#TeachingLols ~ That’s a lot of Kids!

6 Apr
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So I’m working with my international students (Mongolia, Indonesia, and India) and asked what they did this summer.
One girl goes off because she expected to have a vacation, but got stuck working. She starts listing all of her chores, complaining, and the other students are just nodding along commiserating.
She finally gets to the part where she had to babysit her siblings and cousins. The kids are like “yep, yep” right up until she goes “So, I just want to say that I’ve learned from this summer. I mean, I am totally not going to have more than 5 kids. That’s just more than enough.” Said completely sincerely with no inflection or emphasis at all.  You could see them start to nod again, stop, look at one another and turn in unison to stare at her. One girl goes “FIVE kids” with eyes real big. She goes “Yeah! I mean, I think stopping there is plenty.” They stare some more. I crack up secretly on the inside.
This in the country where 2 kids is only just now allowed universally and is still pretty rare in the cities. 
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#TeachingHumor ~ Haha! Had one Today!

22 Feb

Ms. Rose's Meme!:

Dance-Off Party

12 Dec

These are my amazing students! As part of our Business Negotiations class, I asked them to prepare a group dance. They had to work together and we voted on who had the best dance. There were some GREAT ideas here, and I was really proud of them. Make sure you watch the last dance!

 

#ESL Humor (Tudou – the Potato Company)

3 Dec

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Hahaha!

One of my students was writing about the Youku / Tudou (2 Chinese media companies like Youtube) merger for our Negotiations class.

However, they put what they wrote into Bing!Translator to move it from Chinese to English. And Tudou translates as “Potato Net.” So every time they meant to say Tudou, it says “Potatoes.”

“Youku and the potatoes had a 100% merger . . . . potatoes have been issued”. . . .  and the potatoes are buying up stock.

I’m just saying – these are some advanced potatoes and I want in on the action. Do smart, shareholder potatoes taste better when you eat then?

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Next Week or the Other Next Week?

20 Oct

Sigh. . . . ESL problems. Spent twenty minutes tonight in a disagreement with a student over the date of the mid-term. I stupidly stated the exam would be “next week on Thursday.” – – – “But teacher, we don’t have class on Thursday next week. . . ” I’m sorry??? “We have class on Thursday this coming week. Then the next week no class on Thursday.” It’s the little things in ESL teaching – like trying to explain what precisely “this week” and “next week” mean. They always think “next week” means the “week after next.” Confusing? I know, me too 😛 The life I live!

My Students Precisely

21 Sep

Life in China ~ Bring It (Managerial Econ Style)

22 Mar

😛 I am teaching a class of students whose English is particularly bad, but I had them last semester too and we have been moving along. It takes translating every couple of words (money, war, economy, market, cash, coin, card) to communicate, but we were happy with our steady if slow pace 🙂 

Then Today, I had two new students join the class from Int’l Trade 1 (the best students, include one who has excellent English). At the beginning, I asked the students to translate one of the words as usual. Normally it takes us a bit to look it up and figure out a Chinglish version. Now, immediately the new boy spits out verbatim the precise 3 sentence long definition from the textbook by memory. 0_0 It was the funniest thing. The entire class stopped, turned and stared at him. One girl threw up her hands, another started groaning. The entire group almost in unison went “ooooohhhhhh” and one actually WHIMPERED. LOL. He jerked back and looked around. After that he figured out pretty quick the others weren’t at that level. 🙂 Seriously, we’re working at “this is called demand” level and he’s off on QD = a + bP + cT + . . . . level. Boom. . . mic dropped, bar raised.

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