Andre immediately piped up, "I thought cikgu is a fruit."
"That's CHIKU lah."
Typical Andre. Anyway, just thought I'd slip in that funny story. I always felt that Andre was creatively-inclined, not only because of his interest in the piano but in everyday life. I mentioned in a previous post about his "creativity" in English comprehension - he comes up with the strangest answers that I would never in my life dream up. His composition exam is today and I'm just praying he will do ok because he sometimes thinks up the most bizarre stories which, coupled with his atrocious grammar and spelling, become completely incoherent.
Once, I gave him a composition assignment based on these 4 pictures:
I won't type out the whole composition, but within the first two paragraphs, this is what Andre wrote:
Sam saw his classmates playing soccer. He asked John if he could join. John said he is to fat to play soccer. John had hurt his feelings. Sam sat on the grass at the side. He watched them play the game. Suddenly, a furious fox came to eat John for his lunch.
Aiyoh, how to mark like that? A furious fox? Eating little boys for lunch?? Somebody has been watching too many cartoons. In his defence, I think he has a very vivid imagination which sometimes cannot sieve out what is a realistic scenario and what is not. I'm hoping this will improve as he matures. Meanwhile, he has been quite conscientious in the past few days. He hasn't complained about the composition assignments I've given and I can see he's really trying, so I've got to give him credit for that. I must remember, as fellow blogger Adeline said, to celebrate the effort instead of the result.
Andre's creativity also extends to maths, as I recently found out. One of the maths topics in p2 is Shapes and Patterns. In one of the mock exam papers he did, there was this question:
"Draw one figure that has 3 straight lines and 4 curves in the box below. Use a ruler to draw your straight lines."
I laughed when I saw what Andre had drawn:
Maybe it's just me, but I thought that was thinking out of the box. Unfortunately, it's not enough to thrive in this cut-throat academic rat race but I'm glad he can find little ways to express his personality even within something as structured as the school curriculum.