Today in my English Learner class, we considered the definition of ‘result’ through context clues. Part of our conversation went like this:
Me: What is the result of working hard at school?
Students: Getting good grades!
Me: Then, what is result of getting good grades?
Ss: Going to college!
Me: Then, what is the result of going to college?
Ss: Getting a good job!
Me: And the results of getting a good job?
Me: And the results of money?
Ss: Buying things!
Me: Then what about the results of buying things?
Then I asked, “What is the result of happiness?” to which one particular student sagely replied:
“The ability to give and take, without being mean about it.”
If the results of happiness really, truly resulted in the ability to give and take, without being mean about it, then I wish I can give good grades too all my students. Especially this particular Sage Like Student, who is currently failing my class with a 17% for the quarter.
And to which, SLS will perhaps reply, “What is the definition of ‘good grades?'”