From “Kids Say the Darndest Things” to the plethora of funny videos of kids on YouTube, kids have been saying and doing funny things since the beginning of time. Sometimes it’s outright awkward.
A couple years ago, I inherited a bunch of materials from a teacher who was getting out of the business: lesson books, theory worksheets, musical stickers, etc.
I had this one student who was really struggling with note identification so I grabbed a theory worksheet, from my new stash, you know… the kind that tells a story using music notes to spell out the words. My student took it home with him and completed it that week.
At our next lesson, he sat down and asked, “Miss Amaryah, what’s a “fag””…
Yep, there it was, right there in the middle of the theory page, “Fag”.
Turns out the theory page was from the 70s… in England.
What would you have done?
a. “Oh, that’s a typo… they meant “fad” or “fab”
b. “Oh yeah, that’s a fancy word from England that means “cigarette”
c. “That’s a really bad word, don’t ever say it again!”
d. Other: _________________
On a totally different occasion, with a different student, I was teaching a guitar lesson in his house. The boy was probably 8 or 9 years old. We were going over the last week’s assignment when his dog dragged a stuffed animal into the room and started humping it.
I pretended like nothing was happening at first thinking maybe the dog would just go away…
Nope. He kept at it… for quite some time.
Meanwhile, my student gets out of his seat, kneels on the floor, tilts his head and stares at his dog then exclaims, “Miss Amaryah, what is that thing on my dog?”
Me, “What do you mean?”
Student, “That thing!!! It’s so disgusting! We’ve got to get it off of him!”
Again, what would you do?
a. Nothing, continue to ignore and hope it goes away. Return to the lesson (good luck!)
b. “You need to ask your mom later”
c. Lie. “That’s just part of the stuffed animal, silly.”
d. Other: __________
I’m sure you’ve got your own stories! What awkward interactions have you had to deal with in lessons?