I love the way students are curious about details of a teacher’s life. And, given half an opportunity, how they will try to dig out a few extra details.
As I was teaching a class this week, the subject of a person’s age came up.
One student piped up, “Mrs. Tabares, are you 26 years old?”
“No,” I responded, “that would be pretty much impossible, since I have a 23 year old daughter!”
“Oh, you have a 23 year old daughter,” chimed in another student, “are you 50?”
“No, I’m not 50.”
“No you’re 35.”
“I think you’re 65.”
“Are you 43?”
Immediately, the entire class erupted into a multitude of guesses–a wide range of guesses.
Only a few took the time to add in order to make an appropriate guess. Just like I could not be 26 and have a 23 year old daughter, I was not likely to be 27 or 35 either.
I told the class I was somewhere in between their guesses, and that we had to get back on subject.
But in a way, their inability to guess my age was very appropriate to the subject of study, which was the difficulty of figuring out if a person really was the age they stated on the Web. I was trying to teach the students that the Internet was a foggy place, where it is very hard to see the true identity of a person. People with ill intent often give false information about themselves to gain trust.
I have no ill intent, and I in no way am trying to change my identity. Which is a good thing, since these students are as yet unable to decipher truths about a person standing right in front of them!