Me: “Do you know the name of the bird in the picture?”
Me: “Ok, let’s try chunking the word to make it easier to sound out. You’ll see that when you break up the word, it isn’t so big and scary. It’s all smaller words you can figure out and then blend together.” (covering up end of word) “Try saying this first part alone.”
Kid (concentrating very hard): “C-O-CK…C-ooooock…C-OCK!! COCK! COCK!!!”
Me: “That’s right! Cock!”
And that’s when her dad walked in.
That moment before heading into a tutoring session when you check your reflection in a parked car window to make sure there are no remnants on your face of the Kind bar you just ate, when 5 seconds into staring at yourself you realize THERE IS A PERSON SITTING IN THE PARKED CAR. Right behind the window you basically have your face pressed against.
A former student enters my room, walks over to me, and sheepishly mumbles something…
Me: “Honey, I can’t hear a word you’re saying. Speak up!”
Kid: <steps closer and mumbles again>
Me: “I would love to help you but I cannot hear you! Louder!”
Kid: <more mumbling>
Kid: “DO YOU HAVE A MAXI PAD?”