For whatever reason I’ve been determined to show the American cartoon Adventure Time to my students. It’s one of my favorite television shows and I think the students would enjoy Finn and Jake’s childish antics.
Sometimes some of my students write statements like poetry. Here is a small selection from an essay on WWII and Vietnam.
The first picture is about
Publick Ocean War.
And I felt an effort
to keep the war
that still continued as when
it must be the human.
If we started war again,
we can’t play baseball,
and so on.
Japanese students can be expressive when they want to be.
Unlike when I call on a student for an answer and they not only give me a stone faced expression, but give me the cold shoulder, when I return papers they somehow remember how to be an expressive human being again.
Nothing brings back memories of my school days better than the smell of sweat and the sound of a dodgeball smacking the exposed skin of an unaware student.