Culture Shock of the Week: In which I scandalize 15 pairs of young, innocent eyes

Third grade’s lesson this week was on weather and the types of clothing you wear for different kinds of weather. I – of course – made a picture-filled powerpoint to demonstrate the new vocabulary…

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On the summer clothing slide, a student in one of my classes guessed ‘bikini’ when I pointed to the swim suit. And so I explained that a bikini is two pieces, and did a quick sketch on the board behind me.

This absolutely scandalized the boys in my class. They covered their eyes and turned away in horror! And wouldn’t even uncover them when I erased the bikini. I had to change the slide and get rid of the swimsuit, too.

I guess they’re 8-year-olds and I should have known better than to put something so ‘suggestive’ in front of them. It’s been quite a while since I’ve really been around eight year-olds (probably about 15 years), so I guess that makes me a bit out of touch. But I was really shocked by the effect my quick sketch of a bikini had. Next time I’ll know better…


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susanne
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 00:54:06

    Very creative – sounds like you and the students are having FUN learning – even if a few parts may appear scandalous. Enjoy your adventures!!!


  2. Mark Payne
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 05:20:48

    Ha. I’ve had similar experiences, even things that seem to be fairly covered up by western standards have caused heads to hide, in music videos in particular…


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