Great big foot in an even bigger mouth

I teach a primary class of 8-9-year-0ld children. Mostly boys. I’ve been trying to build a rapport with them. I learned in primary long ago that if you give the children a minute to talk about their week right at the first, you can avoid a lot of difficulty throughout the lesson. :) Today, we were having their little moment to share, and I was happily commenting on each bit of news. Here’s how the conversation went:

Boy 1: I had a basketball game this week! We won 38-10!

Me: Way to go!!! You really stomped that other team! How cool! I’m so happy for you!!…So, Boy #2, what about your week?

Boy 2: We were the team that they beat.

Yeah….we’ll keep working on that rapport thing.

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