Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Teacher by Another Other Name

Many of us can remember accidentally calling a teacher "Mom" at some point during our school years.  In high school, a girl in my US history class called our teacher "Mr. Roosevelt" because she was studying so hard for the AP test.  It's embarrassing from that point of view, but hilarious from the teacher's point of view.  Some of the things I've been called instead of "Teacher" or my name include:

  • Mama
  • Daddy
  • Auntie
  • Granny
  • Mama, I mean Teacher!
  • Ms. Simmons ("you both have glasses, I can't tell you apart!"  Ms. Simmons is black.  I am white.)
  • the name of every white teacher in the school because "it's like you's twins"
  • Auntie Bertha
  • Uncle Larry
While Uncle Larry is my favorite (it kind of stopped the whole class in their tracks),  Auntie Bertha was also pretty amusing.  I had met Auntie Bertha.  She is a LARGE very dark-skinned black woman who was probably in her 60s.  I was a tall thin (at that point) very pale white woman in my late 20s at that point.  I joked, "Do I look like your Auntie Bertha?  The girl looked at me carefully and said, "Yeah...  yeah, you kinda do."

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Three years ago: The University Perspective on NCLB

Four year ago: Back to School Night

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