Today’s lesson in my advanced class was on the elderly in South Korea. The elderlys make up a huge portion of the population but almost 50% of them are living in poverty. It’s a really sensitive topic.
I showed them this video in class and wanted to get the students to discuss it. But the atmosphere was really tense and no one was saying anything. After a few minutes, a student blurted out, “Teacher, I’m so old.”
He’s only 14 years old but I knew he was trying to change the mood. Going along with him, I asked him, “If you’re old, does that make me ancient?”
Some of the students laughed but his next words caught me off guard. With a completely straight face, he said, “No, teacher! You’re a living fossil!” Then started cracking up.
I love my advanced class 😂