Confession Time- I Am A Sneaky Teacher

It is safe for me to make my confession here in my blog because my students do not read my blog. They are still learning English πŸ™‚

My confession- I am a sneaky teacher. It happens, well, every time I teach. I always look for ways to hook my students’ interest. Recently this has applied to the teenage children of my U.S. Citizenship students. In fact, I just did it last night.

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One of my students is a Yazidi woman from Iraq. She told me sometimes her children make her busy, so she misses class. I asked her how old her oldest son is. She told me he is 16 years old. I told her to have him come sit with her because I wanted to talk with him for a minute.

He sat down next to his mom. I asked him to please help his mom by watching the younger children during her class with me, so she can be in class. I also asked him to help his mom practice at home for the test. I could see he was having the reaction one would expect from a 16 year old boy.

So I asked him if he wants to go to the university after he graduates high school. He said yes. Aha the hook was cast and bitten on. I explained to him that some scholarships he can apply for with only a green card but some he needs to be a citizen. That part is true. But this is where my confession comes into play. I know he will qualify for enough financial aid that he won’t need a scholarship, but it is a sin of omission.

I then told him that if his mom can become a citizen before he turns 18 that she can fill out the form to send in with the fee to make him a citizen. His attitude changed immediately. Perhaps Dr. Phil would be proud. πŸ™‚ lol

Hook, line and sinker he was caught. I might have done the same with the teen children of other students in my citizenship class.

I have now confessed but I must also confess I will probably do similar things again often because I am a sneaky teacher.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

14 thoughts on “Confession Time- I Am A Sneaky Teacher

  1. Great share Matt! When a young person grabs our bait as a teacher, we wait with the patience of a fisherman casting and waiting for that “hook, line, and sinker” moment.

  2. Lol, clever πŸ™‚ I heard something yesterday that I liked… We shouldn’t deceive for personal gain. But I like that, because sometimes we omit for someone else’s benefit, or because of love for them. A helpful guideline, I think.

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