Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Heard in the Classroom: I Don't Make This Stuff Up, Believe It or Not

I thought I'd kick off the new year with some humorous tidbits from school. I've been collecting these for a couple of months. 
"This is really fun," smiled the amused boy, using a voice recorder app on a four year old iPod Touch to record himself reciting some sight words for spelling and vocabulary. 

"What do you like about it?" I asked, to which he replied, "It's like ancient!" 

He grinned, and added for explanation, "I have an iPhone."

"What's 'punctuation?'" asked the sixth grader (sincerely) after being asked for the fortieth time this week to put some of it at the end of his sentences. And with that, I gave up for the week.

"Mrs.4444, how do you spell TV?" [Yes, he was serious, and no; he is not the same child who asked the previous question.

"Hey! I'm getting wood!" exclaimed the 6th grade boy behind me.

(I knew better than to turn around.) 

"What are you talking about?" I cautiously asked and was thrilled to hear the reply: "Minecraft." 

(He was playing during his recess.)


Why do I have to do the work I missed?" Connor whined sincerely. "It's in the past; what's the point?!"


In science, students had been learning about the digestive tract. The order of the parts students had (hopefully) learned so far was mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, anus (Yes, I can say them now without laughing.) I was working with a student to practice for his quiz. 

"...large intestine?"

"Yes; that's great! What's after that?"


"Yes! And what comes after the rectum?"

"The toilet?"

Well, he was kind of right...


I have a great number of students this year who suffer with Attention Deficit Syndrome. All day long, I feel like I am herding cats; just when I hook one, another one (or two) wanders off (physically or just inside his/her head). Now that the Christmas distraction has passed, I'm hoping my students can stay a little better-focused. However, given the temperatures of late (below zero, which means inside for recess), it could be tough; I'm hoping we don't go stir crazy, which Wikipedia states is a condition describing "a prisoner who became mentally unbalanced because of prolonged incarceration." Eleven weeks until Spring Break; I wonder if I can get someone to shorten that for good behavior (mine, or that of the inmates)?

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