Correction Reflexes

Honestly, I’m a bit undecided if it should say “Correction Reflexes” or “Correctional Reflexes”. The latter sounds grammatically more correct, but the first one seems to fit the story better. Thoughts after reading?

Anywho, to the story!


As I’ve mentioned before, teaching English to children is challenging, rewarding and highly entertaining. Imagine this:

In our brightly lit classroom, there are six children, each four years old, sitting sweetly in a semicircle around me on the large red carpet as I go through over-sized flashcards with pictures of clothes on them. We’re reviewing the previous week’s lesson. I show them a pair of trousers and they get excited and yell out, “TROUSERS!”

“Very good!” I exclaim, and hi-five them all for the correct answer. (Hi-fives are an essential teaching component with young learners, naturally.)

Next is an image of socks, and the same processes is repeated with the children excitedly giving the answer and the positive reinforcement of hi-fives. The same is so with shoes and hat.

After hat, I show them a picture of a shirt, just a normal t-shirt. Usually, this is pretty easy for the kids, but for some reason the kids sit there quietly for about 5 seconds, faces scrunched up as they try to think of the correct word for that hi-five or completely blank with looks like, “Uh…wtf is that?”

Suddenly, one little boy jumps up, a look of triumph on his face and points down to the card and yells proudly, “A SHIT!! A SHIT!!” and then sits back down with his little, plump right hand outstretched and awaiting his hi-five.

Correction reflexes have got to be faster than normal with little ones. Their brains work faster absorbing information than sponges in liquids, so I have to move quickly to recalibrate the information they just processed. The last thing I need is one of the students going home and telling their parent they want to wear trousers and a shit to school the next day, as funny as that might sound. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same sense of humor.

So, before repetition of the word “shit” is heard by the parents waiting for their little angels outside the classroom door, I quickly choke back a laugh and hi-five the little darling and call out, “shiRRRRRRRRRRRRt, a shiRRRt! Very close, good job! Everybody, shirrrrrrrrt!”


Ah well! There is never a dull moment in my classroom! 😉



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