When it comes to lesson planning, I am constantly re-evaluating my teaching choices. I want to keep my classes fresh, interesting. I want to make the class fun. I want the kids to walk away with at least one new phrase to add to their active vocabulary.
And to be perfectly honest, my hold on propriety is slipping now that am I less than 6 months away from the end of my contract.
I don't want to teach from the textbook all time. I want to teach them the good stuff. The "goods" being bits of culture from my own childhood. The big-mac-a-tia-tia, quarter-pounda-french-fries, icy-cola-milk-shake, Sunday-is-an-apple-pie. The stuff they can't get from Korea. The stuff that by all rights should NEVER EVER enter a classroom.
Like the diarrhea song.
The diarrhea song is disgusting. It's inappropriate. It's low humor, childish, and just plain un-schooly. But as I was going over today's lesson, I have a Toothache, and listing the various ailments of the body (headache, cold, fever, stomachache), I was blindsided by the idea of teaching it them. After all, it's funny.
It's funny, and it's gross. Kids are suckers for funny and gross.
By 3rd period, I had my kids chanting "Diarrhea, chh-chh-chh! Diarrhea, chh-chh-chh!" They were cracking up, repeating with enthusiasm. The phrase "I have a..." is burned into their brains. Success!
I can fully acknowledge that teaching them this was, no is a terrible idea. It's one of those songs that might take months and months to die.
Something to remember me by, Korea.