I had a Precious Moment today! Finally! I've talked briefly before about how students honestly have a hard time believing that teachers have a life outside of school, and today reiterated that point for me.
We were discussing cats vs. dogs in my Advisory class. This is a smaller class, so we have a chance to chat about things like this. Anyway, this kid mentioned that cats always seem to have mean or evil looks on their faces. I started talking about the Science teacher on our team, and I asked the kids if they'd ever seen pictures of her cat. Most of them said yes, and that her cat always looks so evil. I laughed and said, "I know, but in reality, her cat is so sweet! She just always looks evil."
One boy said, "Have you like... been to her house?" I said, Yes, of course! And several of the kids responded with varying degrees of shock, while another boy said, "Have you gone shopping together?" I said, Yes, you guys, she's one of my closest friends, we do a LOT of things together outside of school! They just blinked and looked at me, like they thought I was making this all up, because how could we ever leave the school? Isn't there some sort of electric fence keeping us in??
I couldn't stop laughing over this, because it was just so sweet. They couldn't believe that we were friends outside of school, that we even had a life outside of school, because we're just always supposed to be locked in our rooms, waiting for them to enter. If they ONLY KNEW how their teachers behaved outside of school, say on a Friday afternoon at a local beverage establishment, their little minds would cease to work.