Monday, September 22, 2008


I have a student this year that pretty much refuses to speak. She comprehends well and is very intelligent; she would just prefer to be seen and not heard. I know she actually can speak though because when I gave her a reading test she spoke barely above a whisper. So maybe she would prefer to be seen and not heard unless it means doing poorly on a test.

Anyway, the other day she came into class and presented me with this collage. She had a big smile on her face and when I said, Is this for me?! she nodded.

She obviously put a lot of time and thought into this. I can't help but think she is trying to communicate with me somehow, but what is her message? I see a diamond, a buffet, a salmon, some dude, maybe me, a cup, a guy choking a girl(?), and an orange koala.
I used my Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols to maybe make some sense of it all.
Diamond: incorruptibility and invincibility
Salmon: perseverance and courage
Cups: receptive, feminine realm
Orange: love and happiness
Um, she wants me to use my perseverance to get her to speak, which she is receptive to? And when she does speak we will both feel love, happiness, and invincibility?
Any ideas?


stephanie said...

I think she wants you to be Asian.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Is she Asian? She might be celebrating her heritage.