Friday, February 29, 2008


like always, on the last day of the month we had a fire drill. one of my kindergarten classes had just gotten a new student from Korea, who speaks very little English. Knowing we'd have a drill I decided I'd go to help explain how American fire drills work. Apparently I didn't do a good job.

He nodded along with me as I explained what would happen and took him into the hallway to show him what we would do. And then the actual alarm went off. He was at the end of the line, but he took one look at me and started to run. I caught him with an aggressive "WALK" to which he responded,

"Is FIRE! Must Run!"

What he was silently thinking is 'What is with these crazy Americans who make me WALK during a fire? I'm not burning alive in this crazy-American school.'

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