Monday, April 21, 2008

Piano teacher

One of my students was having trouble with her writing today, and called me over. I figured out what she wanted to say, and told her what to write:

I want to be a piano teacher.

She dutifully wrote this down, but was not particularly happy with it. She and her friend stared at it and talked about how it seemed a bit funny. They wondered whether I had misunderstood what she said.

It seemed simple to me. What was the problem? I told them it was correct and moved away, but continued to listen to their chatting. It was a while before I finally figured out what the problem was.

She did not want to teach pianos. She did not even understand how that was possible. She wanted to teach PEOPLE.


Shyam said...

Actually, that's logical! :D

Keera Ann Fox said...

I suddenly feel proud of myself for understanding English as well as I do. I realize now that that is not a given.

Hebron said...

Ahh, the logical approach to sentence structure.
Good call oh her part. She's questioning what she's reading, rather than just accepting it.

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