the funniest thing, pt. 2

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In addition to these letters from my 5th grade class, one of my 6th grade classes gave me a parting gift as well when I finished teaching in July in the form of a book of letters. Some of my favorite notes are included below.
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The boys in this class drew the Statue of Liberty and labeled the base of the statue (not pictured) with my last name.  Yes, I am the Statue of Liberty (thanks, guys!).  They also wrote, “All boys here love you but now we miss you” along with, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” and “I hope you won’t be ill”. 
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The boys also sketched a soccer field, in which FC Bayern is playing against FC Jennifer.  It’s difficult to read, but the score is Jennifer, 51 to FC Bayern, 10. 
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This young girl, Annika, combined the US flag with the German flag, which I thought was really creative.  I had told them many times that I was not moving back to America, that I was staying in Germany (at a new school in a new city) but they didn’t seem to understand that; most of them wrote, “now you’ll go back to America” in their notes.  Maybe they just really wanted me to go back to America…
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Beneath the title of ‘Good Luck and Goodbye!"’, this student drew 4 cars racing each other.  In last place is the principal of our school, in 3rd place is Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 2nd place is the main English teacher at our school….and in first place is me.  It should also be noted that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s car appears to be on fire.
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One student felt that sketching a scene from Teletubbies would better express his feelings toward my departure. 
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In the lower right corner of this letter, my student Niklas warns me (in German) to beware of gangsters.  When I asked the main teacher why he felt the need to include this, she said, “Ohhh, most of the kids think of America as the most dangerous place on earth…you know, lots of gangs and guns and stabbings and killings….lots of dark alleys and murders”.

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This student wrote to me, in German, “You’ve taught English well.  We will miss you”.  Then, he switched to English to write, “Good bye” and  “Good Luck”.  Backwards.
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My student Katja drew a mouse named Diddlina at the bottom and, at the top, wrote:  It was nice that you were here.  Much luck in the future.  Mabey I’ll see you again.  I don’t think it, but you can’t know it.
‘Least she’s honest.
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And then this student reminds us all that sometimes…when words fail you…it’s best to just draw a giant peace sign.
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Note:  For this new school year, I’m teaching at a new German school in a new German city.
So much newness in one sentence!

32 comments:

FeeMail said...

The gangster part ist by far my favorite :)!

Jenny in Ohio said...

hahaa, awww, those are sooo cute! What sweet kids.

Fit With Flash said...

i love when kids write you letters! they're so honest and hilarious. hard saying goodbye to them... or saying eyb doog ; )

Miss Bibliophile said...

Ha! These are so hilarious and sweet. I like how the teletubbies picture includes the label "baby sun". That was always the oddest/ creepiest part of that show.

Gentri said...

hahahaha! I always love when you share these. So funny! I didn't know people thought America is all gangs and scariness... that's sad.

Anonymous said...

my boyfriend's dad has never left europe and he thinks that america is the most dangerous place! whenever we talk about the USA he always asks me how i survived 20 years there. i have no idea what he is talking about!

xoxo jen

Perpetual Blind Date said...

Seriously the kids are adorable! And how exciting about teaching at a new school in a new city! I admire people like you who can live so far away! I love to travel and most of the time I wish I could just live in those places! - Alyssa

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

oh my goodness, those are so so sweet! a new german city and school....so exciting!! hope it goes great :)

Kelley @ Kelley Maria said...

Those are hilarious / sweet! Ha! Kids can be so funny.

Jasmine said...

I couldn't stop laughing after reading "lassen Sie sich nicht von Gangstern abmorxeln (!!!!)(Pennern!!!)". Hilarious! Vor allem das Wort 'abmorxeln'.
Some friends of mine work as teachers; I can never get enough of their stories about all these cute children!

Nikskie said...

those letters combined all. funny, sweet hilarious thing. but the gangster one really caught attention.i know a German man, who i think is really funny (and he could be grumpy/strict at the same time).your students letters just remind me of him...

KY said...

Ohhh this is precious! What I miss most about teaching my 4 year olds were the wonderful pictures they drew for me :)

Krystal said...

now those are awesome kids!

K.K. said...

soooo cute/funny. the car on fire made me laugh out loud.

Alex said...

Teletubbies really just say it all.
These are hilarious!

Sharde said...

oooooomg I loved this post! :) sooo cute. seriously. when I left my nanny job a few months ago, the 8 yr old made me a picture that totally reminds me of these :)

sharde @ the style projects

Lauren said...

I loved this post!! One of my favs from you.

Emma Frances said...

These are hilarious! You seriously must have taught the coolest kids ever! :]

Jessica Marie said...

diddlina is my fave

debbiecutieface said...

that's hilarious haha

Rebecca at Cotton+Wood said...

Hi-larious....I'm absolutely cracking up.

Megan said...

omg the car on fire...hilarious.

Rachel said...

Pretty good representation of how people around the world view Americans.

e.r.a. said...

AH these are so cool! I can't wait to have student work to show off!! How funny!!

two birds said...

these are the sweetest and cutest things! you need to hold on to them! it seems that you have made quite an impression on their lives!

Mighty Burns said...

BAhahahahha this is my fav ever! Oh my gosh girl. No offense but I think the liberty you is rockin some MADE arm pit hair.. dude.. lol
Also I love that the car is on fire.. what? lol

Lauren said...

"I don't think it, but you can't know it." I'd like that on my headstone some day.

Jamie Pilgrim said...

Man these kids are random. Absolutely hilarious, but random! And Katja made such a great quote, "I don't think it, but you can't know it". How insightful is that!?

Elle Sees said...

gangsta! haha
outta the mouth of babes.

Laura Ann said...

So cute and funny! Love the Teletubbies one!!

meg said...

I'm glad that you were the victor of a staff/ Arnold Schwarzenegger car race.

I love the American gangsters warning! Kids are so strange and hilarious.

Mackenzie said...

oh mylanta. amazing. the gangster part won me over. especially because my 5 years of german skills didn't fail me in that respect!