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.

3 comments:

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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