Yao Laoshi read a story to her students. Here is her account of what happened:
I picked this story because it is about fathers. I hoped that after hearing this story, my students would understand their fathers better, and perhaps evoke/re-evoke their love for their fathers.
“My Father” is one of the classics of the British writer, Anthony Browne. I still remember when I was reading the story, my students would spontaneously raise their hands and say “Laoshi, my dad also can…” By the time I finished the story, students were all eager to talk about their fathers.
I encouraged them to use the sentence structure from the Browne’s story: “My father …like…”. The kids quickly picked up the new sentence structure: “My father is smart like a monkey”, “My father snores like a pig”, “My father has a big head like the head of “Big Head Son”” [well-known cartoon character], “My father is adorable like a teddy bear”. Look, the kids also drew their fathers.