I now have a non-English-speaking eighth grader preparing for an all-English math test. This assignment will require some creative teaching.


The little guy really knows his stuff. He finished the reading practice test within an hour and got all but two questions right. And he taught me a new word: estornudar. “Choo!” he said, all three times I asked him what it meant during the course of the morning. It’s a big word, okay? The kid is smarter than I am. (“Choo!”….this is why I don’t teach little ones….they are way too adorable.) Or maybe I asked him all three times just too watch him say “Choo!” He laughed at me each time he saw me giggle, or at the choo, but in either case I could have gobbled him up.


got it

i think

a virtual store of beests gives me the sneezes

definitely got it

He’ll probably test me on it tomorrow, so it’s especially important I know the word going in.

But the math…I can’t teach the girl English in two weeks (eight days now)….so I have to figure out a way to get her to understand what each question is asking (nearly all word problems, of course) without her having to learn how to read a new language. I think I have a plan that will work.

This is by far the best job in the whole school. God put me in the right place at the right time. Thanks, God.



Author: uncaged

When Picasso painted a blue Seated Woman in a Chair, he was unconsciously thinking of me.

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