A typical conversation with my 5th grade students:
Today, they were talking about their "su-mat-u pone-su" (smart phones) and I asked how many of them actually had smart phones. They all did, of course. I decided to go all grandma on them and told them that when I was their age, I didn't have a cell phone.
"In fact," I continued, "when I was your age, my parents didn't even have cell phones."
A even bigger gasp escaped them.
"Actually, when I was your age, no one had cell phones."
The biggest gasp of all. They were absolutely dumbfounded -- speechless for a moment.
"So, teacha," one small girl in white-rimmed glasses spoke up, "when in car, how to talk on phone?"
I then explained to them the concept of not being able to talk on a phone while in a moving vehicle. They couldn't comprehend.
It really is amazing to think about how much things have changed in only a few short years.