Tutoring is going great. This past Saturday we were covering the difference between facts and opinions. We studied how facts require supporting evidence.
The kids had to write down several different facts and opinions, and explain why each was one or the other. One team of kids came up with “Peter is bald”, and the supporting evidence was “He has no hair on his head” (My already pretty-sparsely covered pate had recently been shorn).
Frankly, I think they wrote it at first, to be a little snarky, and were in fact a little afraid to say it aloud, but when I made them do it, and they saw how much I was smiling, and how great it was that they ‘got it’, everyone laughed.
Funny too, was that since the day was warm, I happened to be wearing a t-shirt. As almost all these kids are Chinese, I don't think they regularly see grown-ups with arms with as much hair as a nice Jewish guy like me has.
Every time I got called over to a table to answer a question, some kid would be reaching out to lightly ‘pet’ my forearm. Some kids seemed to even ask for help as a ruse, solely for that purpose. Too funny.
My favorite thing though, was that there’s a girl in class, who the week before, had been amazed to learn that there were words that meant a higher number than “quadruplets”, which she knew - e.g., “quintuplets”, “sextuplets”, etc.
She asked me if I would make a list for her, up to 10. She quietly sat through the whole class, but at the end of class, she said, “Do you have my list?”, and when I handed it to her, with “Kathy's List” written at the top, she broke into a huge grin, and hugged it to herself like it was a favorite book or doll.
How can you beat that?