As with any teacher, we all have more stories than we could ever begin to tell. I started keeping track of some of mine and titled them #TeacherTales #StudentStories. I thought I would share a few of them with you here in this post. Enjoy!
Answer received on a Gatsby Quiz:
Question: Who is hit by a car and killed?
“The person who got hit”
Question: Who was driving the car?
“Jason” <– Who is this??!!
Question: Who do you think is at fault and why?
“Murl, He shouldn’t have been there where he had a chance to get hit but the driver should have been paying attention.”
“I think Tom is at fault because he didn’t like George so he decided to kill him.”
WHAT BOOK ARE THESE GUYS READING???!!!
Yesterday, I gave my classes index cards and asked them to write down their top three areas that they felt they needed just a little more help with before they take their state tests next week. Here are some of the real life answers I got. I love️ my students!
“My attion spand”
“When you have to finish the sentence and none of the answer choices relate to each other and they all seem to fit well.” <– I HATE this type of question too. Pick the “best” answer.
“grammar, school, life”
And my favorite:
“It smells like feet in there.”
Overheard in class:
Student 1: “A kid I know lost his scholarship after his grades went down.”
Student 2: “WAIT…your grades count even AFTER you’re in college?!”
After a lengthy discussion on whether or not you would ask a student’s grandparents to dial a phone or press the buttons to make a call, (he said press while I said dial because you have to be aware of your audience), student asks me: “But why would you need to change what you have to say depending on your audience? Just say what’s right.”
I replied: “So that you are speaking their vernacular and not being pedantic.”
His expected reply: “Huh?”
Student: “Is the movie version of Romeo & Juliet just like 50 Shades of Gray?”
Umm….No. No it’s not. Not in any way.
At Open House tonight, I had a PARENT ask if there would be any reading.
Me: Well, it is a literature class soooooo I’m gonna say yes. Yes, there will be reading.
I offered a student a piece of candy today. He replied with, “meh. I’m on my way to type II diabetes anyway. Might as well close the gap.”
I was passing back papers today. When I laid one on a particular student’s desk, he murmured, “mmm….look at God!”
Student: “Is Connecticut a state or a city?” (Quick reminder, I teach high school.)
Student was looking for a word to use in his research paper. He says to me, “You know…like a crack circle.”
The word he was looking for was rehabilitation.
Teaching is fun. Teaching teenagers is the best. There’s just no other way around it.