The student who coined "Iguana Eyes" opted to perpetuate the nickname during class today. He announced to the other students that "the teacher" (yours truly) had a new name -Iguana. Outwardly I played it cool and told him that was disrespectful, but inwardly I was cracking up... he knows it's a clever name, and he can't let it go! This particular student is the one boy who has consistently been a problem for all the teachers who've taught him, and in the four months he's been in my class, he's been rude to me on countless occasions. Still, I'm hopeful that I can break the cycle and get through to him on some meaningful level. On a side note, we were talking about why people save money, and I asked everyone what they were saving their money for. His reply? The United States. I moved on to the next student, but curiosity got the better of me, and so I went back to him. The conversation went like this:
Me: How much do you think it would cost to buy the United States?
Student: One thousand, five hundred million dollars to buy California.
Me: What about the rest of the country?
Student: California is enough.
Incidentally, he's 10 years old.