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Hipsters and creative homework

on May 7, 2015

It’s been a while since I posted anything about teaching my kids class – the kids are pretty fluent already and are not hugely keen on learning in a structured or formal way. Which made my recent attempts to teach them some grammar pretty challenging. So we did a deal – if they speak well in class we don’t have to do grammar in the lessons, but if I notice any recurring errors I will bring some grammar exercises.

So it’s back to teaching slightly chaotically and trying to keep them interested and giving feedback on what they’re taking in. Which can be funny, especially with 10/11 year old boys, who have a tendency to incorporate fart jokes into almost every lesson, no matter what it’s about.

Anyway I recently discovered some wonderful books by Keri Smith, especially How to be an Explorer of the World which I’m currently using for inspiration. The idea being to get the kids to take an interest in the world around them, and to teach them some observation skills. The most recent homework was for them to sit somewhere and write some things that they hadn’t thought about before they sat there. And one of them produced this:


I think the student really got the idea of the exercise. The bit about hearing his brother playing the flute, and then hearing his brother crying because he didn’t want to have to play the flute made me laugh.

Anyway shortly after we discussed this exercise the conversation took a random turn, and we ended up discussing what hipsters look like, and what they like. I have no memory of how the conversation took this turn, but it did. So here’s their idea of what hipsters look like:


And then we moved on to what hipsters like:


Apparently in a town like Piešt’any where everyone has at least one old bike, hipsters have had to come up with something new. So they want to roll around town inside a large wheel, which is constructed to look like the peace symbol – I’m not sure if there isn’t some confusion between hipsters and hamsters here! And if you look really closely at the picture you can see the hipster under the one in the wheel is carrying a beer. When I pointed out to my student that beer was spelled incorrectly he said that this was because hipsters are so cool that they only drink beer with one e – ber – hence the label on the bottle. I can’t argue with logic like that – so I didn’t.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m teaching the kids or if they’re teaching me…


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