Saturday, October 5, 2013
This Just In
Recently, while dining with colleagues (some now former), the discussion turned to Sparking's new life with the elementary kids. They discussed the funny side of 9 and 10 year olds, how babyish they can be at this age, how the teachers have to walk them to and from everywhere in the building, and that is where the topic of what Sparkling actually does came into play.
One colleague remarked at how nice the room looks, now that there's some purple in there, and the posters are up and there's finally a cabinet! As the teachers arrive to pick up their kids, Sparkling lines the kids up at the door and when she has finished, she says au revoir and off they go.
Occasionally, though she insists it's very rare, she is not completely finished the moment the teacher arrives to pick up a class, so sometimes, a teacher will hang out at the door or come inside and listen for minute.
In one such instance, a long time friend and colleague, one who Sparkling says she thanks God was moved to the new school with her, came a few minutes early because she was collecting her students for an assessment and she didn't have anywhere to be at that moment. While Sparkling felt a little uneasy with yet another adult in her room observing (it's a revolving door of adults coming into the room when you're in the elementary school), she carried on and did her French speaking thing.
It was this friend who made the following statement at their dinner: "ya know, I've always known you teach French and I'm sure you know what you're doing, but I didn't realize until I came to this school that you actually speak French! It's so neat to walk by your room, or sit in for a minute, and hear you actually speaking French, like it's what you're supposed to do!"
So there you have it. The French teacher speaks French.
Like it's her job.