I've seen you before…
My company makes materials for teaching small children English. Then the company markets and sells those materials all over China. I assist in this process, also providing Chinese teachers with training, and occasionally I teach a class of kids myself. I probably only teach kids one or two hours a week. I really like this because I am able to keep a firm grip on my sanity (I don’t know how other teachers like Wayne do it every day!), but I am still provided with frequent reminders of the final objective of this whole English language resource production and distribution process.
Yesterday I taught a class of 5-year-olds. It was my first time at the school, so I first met the principal, and then she took me to the classroom. I arrived a little early, so the teacher there asked me to just sit down with the kids and wait a few minutes. Then she inexplicably left the room. So there I was, it not yet time to start class, surrounded by all these wide little eyes. And then the little mouths opened.
“Teacher, I’ve seen you before!”
“Yeah, I’ve seen you too!”
“Me too, I’ve seen this foreign teacher before!”
“Really? You’ve seen me before?”
“Yeah, I’ve seen you before!”
“So have I!”
“I’ve seen you before too!”
“A lot of foreigners look alike to you, don’t they?”
“I’ve never come here before, so you couldn’t have seen me before.”
“I’ve seen you before!”
“I’ve seen this foreign teacher before!”
“Me too, I’ve seen him before!”
“I have too!”
They really are cute.