I tend to misplace my reading glasses, a lot! My students are used to this and always join in to help me locate them. Recently, I could not find my prescription glasses, and wore my $1.00 glasses to work. My students commented on the fact that I had new glasses, and I told them these were my “cheap” glasses because I couldn’t find my good glasses. Three days later, I was searching for my glasses, and one of the students said, “Are you looking for the green ones?” And another one of my students responded, “No, she’s looking for the cheap ones!” I had to laugh.
A “FLOUR” FOR YOU! ( contributed by kellibell)
During teacher appreciation week our room mothers send out a letter so that one day we receive nice cards from our students the next day, chocolates…etc. On the fourth day one of my students handed me a bag of Gold Medal Flour…..racking my brain trying to remember the project that I requested flour for it occurred to me….The room parent’s letter said FLOWER, and I got FLOUR….I couldn’t stop laughing.
DID I SAY THAT CORRECTLY?
The other day, we were reading a selection about snails. One of the students was struggling over the word “tentacles.” I was trying to get him to sound it out. He looked at me, then back at the page, and triumphantly yelled out, “Testicles!”. I slapped my forehead, some of the kids laughed, I told him the correct word, and let him keep reading.
I used the word yearning in a sentence. “Stormalong was yearning to go on the ship.” One of my students screwed up her face in confusion, and raised her hand. Haltingly she said, “Why would he be yearning to go on the ship?” I started to explain, and she said, “Why would he want to pee, urine, on the ship so badly?” I had to laugh. After I explained the meaning of the word, his yearning became clear to her.:)
THEY MADE HIM FORGET!
One of my students recently had surgery to have his tonsils removed. We’re using Edmodo so that he can keep up with assignments, and his classmates, while he’s home recuperating. He gave us an update on his surgery, and wrote, “They gave me “amnesia” to put me to sleep.” LOL
MAKE THEM LAUGH!
The other day was a rough day all around. The students had been indoors for days, and on top of that, we were working on getting our StudentTreasure books ready for our publishing date. Lots of stress! We finally got to go out, and while we were out, one of the lens in my sunglasses fell out. As we came back inside, I stood at the door with one lens in, and one lens out. All the 5th graders had a good laugh! It was a great stress reliever for all of us!
FOR WHOM THE CHIME TOLLS
My principal decided that since we are a Responsive classroom school, we should all have the same behavior management tool. So, we were all provided with a chime, a block of wood with a stick. You hit the block of wood, the bell chimes, and the students hold up one hand. I decided to try it out on my class the other day. I hit the block of wood, and you could barely hear it. I remarked to my class ”Humph, this really isn’t going to work, you can barely hear it.” A number of students looked at me and said, “Mrs.M., you have to hit it with the black ball at the end, not the stick!” Was my face red? So much for not smiling, or laughing the first week of school!
HOW DO ANIMALS GET FOOD?
I had begun my unit on Ecosystems by brainstorming ideas on how animals depend on each other. After a number of great ideas were posted on our chart, I attempted to pull just a little more from them. I asked, “What is a way that animals depend on each other for food?” One of my students yelled out, “Breastfeeding!”. What could we do but laugh? I then told him he was correct, that is a way parents feed their young.
AND THE WINNER IS…!
Sometimes I give my students worksheets from a workbook called Math Minutes. It consists of 10 math problems that students should be able to solve in a minute. I don’t use it as a grade, but I do correct them. Minute 13 problem #1 states,” In 937,582,206, the digit 9 is in what place? One of my student’s answer was “1st place.” Guess I have to do some reteaching about place value! LOL