Tuesday, September 17, 2013


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Arab students are famous for calling their female teachers, "Miss". At times it can get very annoying.

"What's my name?"
"Mrs. Lonheim."
"What can I do for you?"
"Miss, …"

It happens all day long, every day. I have been experiencing it since 2005. You might think that by now I would just give up. Yesterday's Social Studies lesson put a new twist on it.

We are brushing up on map skills, right now focusing on absolute location - latitude and longitude. To practice their ability to read coordinates they were playing Battleship in partners.


I turn, but no one is looking at me.

A few moments later I hear it again.


And then I clue in. "Miss" rather than "hit" as they respond to their partner's strategic calls in Battleship.


  1. Aha! This slice made me smile. :)

  2. Haha, this is wonderful. And it also reminded me that I've somehow never played Battleship. I need to remedy that!