Monday, September 17, 2012

Funny Monday: Heard in the Classroom

Students on the autism spectrum usually struggle socially when working in groups; perspective-taking is very difficult for them, and they often prefer to work on their own. However, it's important to keep working at it.  On Thursday, the class was told that they'd be working with partners on a reading assignment, and my student "Jimmy" exclaimed loudly, 

"I would rather pole dance than work with a partner!"

Um, yeah; it was a little awkward.

Hours later, when Jimmy and I were processing his day, he hung his head and admitted that his behavior was out-of-line. I asked, "How in the world do you know anything about pole dancing? You're eleven!"  

"My sister..."


"Mrs.4444, what is pole dancing?"

Just another day in the classroom....

And no, I did not explain pole dancing to Jimmy; I told him to go home and ask his mom. (And then I called her to give her a heads-up.)

Here's hoping that your work with partners today is tolerable :)

Have a Happy Monday!


  1. Funny--nice of you to give the parents a "heads up."

  2. You handled that VERY well!

  3. I don't particularly care for working in groups but I certainly prefer it to working the pole! Haha! That's great; your day is rarely dull, that's for sure!

  4. At least Mom had a head's up!!! Heeehehehe!!!

    God bless and have a great week! :o)

  5. BTW...I once had an asperger student follow me down the hall wavin' catalog in hand yellin'..."Mrs. Nezzy....if ya wore these you wouldn't have panteeeeee...lines!!!!

    Oh, those were the days! :o)

  6. I love this! Thanks for sharing the fun in your day.

  7. Poor mom. LOL! Thanks for the laugh! I wanted to let you know that I have finally found my way back to blogging although I have a new "home." Would love it if you would come visit me.

  8. I recall a male student who was trying to get to know a certain girl classmate. He was socially awkward. He asked her, "Do you shave your arm pits yet?" She glared. No response. I think they never became close friends.

  9. Oh boy. I'll bet his mom enjoyed that conversation!

  10. Yet another example of why I could not be a teacher. I would have told him.

  11. I don't know how you kept from snorting all over the dry erase board when he said that!!!


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