Terrible Horrible No-Good

This morning with adult students the lesson plan was pretty straightforward — use past tense expressions to talk about good and bad experiences from when you were young.

What ensued was a catalog of misery:  One student doesn’t like animals because her cat once birthed a litter of stillborn kittens — under her bed.  Another can’t eat chicken because her grandfather insisted on her watching him when he slaughtered them.  (“Why?” I asked.  “He was a mean man.”)  Another saw her neighbor die in a tractor accident.

I swear it got to the point that they were trying to out-horrify each other.  And we never made it to the “good experience” part, as much as I tried to steer the conversation in that direction.

Suffice it to say, this lesson plan is going on the ash heap of pedagogy.

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