morgaina: (I love teaching)
The plan was to use stamps that we painted acrylics on and then stamped the designs onto fabric in repeated patterns. I had cut some dense cotton into shapes about 9" by 12" and ironed them flat for the kids.

I explained the procedure, then showed them the cotton rectangles. One little boy (the boy of so many of my favorite quotes) began to cry, pound the table, and kick his feet.
Me: "Bobby whatever is the matter?"
Bobby: Between sobs "You said you were going to give us fabric to stamp on and you're giving us toilet paper. Waaahhh!!!!"

(I don't want to know what his home is like.)
morgaina: (I love teaching)
The elementary teacher has been planning a "Multicultural Fair", and I have been participating by having multicultural art lessons. They have gone very well.
Of course I wanted to do a Cambodian Lesson, we drew Cambodian Elephants and used colorful paper for their saddle blankets. All well and good. When I was in Cambodia I kept a bunch of their currency, Deva and Jenny gave me their currency too because with the exchange rate being at 1 US Dollar equalling 3985. Rials, they didn't find them worth bothering with. So I gave the kids two bills each worth a hundred rials (which was worth about 5 cents US.)
The kids exploded!
They left their seats to do the happy dance in the aisles, they shrieked, they hugged me over and over.
I attempted again to explain the difference in monetary value, but it was too late. Every word from them now on was a scream.
Kids: "IS THIS REAL MONEY?"
me: "Yes it is".
Kids: "CAN WE SPEND IT?"
Me: "Yes, but only in Cambodia."
Kids: "WE ARE GOING TO CAMBON-A AND WE'RE GOING TO BE RICH"!
One little boy with autism: "I DON'T WANT YOUR MONEY, I DON'T BELIEVE IN CAMBON-A!"
Happy Dance in the aisles Continues.
Another Little boy to the Para-pro.:"I CAN BUY AND SELL YOU!"
Me in a high, squeaky voice: "Alright Mr. Faul, you can excuse your class to return to their room."

I have to admit that when I retire (Please God), I will miss bits of surrealism like this.

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