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Do you like comedy?
Do you like seeing comedians in your free time?
Do you like bad dad jokes?
Do you want to hear some of the most amazing comments that make you cry laughing?
BE A TEACHER!!!
You will hear some of the craziest stories, comments, and most hilarious things you have ever heard. There have been many times I have laughed so hard that I cried. These are the moments I love in the classroom because they are spontaneous and unplanned. I enjoy these moments with my students because we can laugh together with pure joy.
Every year teaching, I have bought a notebook to write down all these amazing moments in my classroom. I have so many notebooks full of student funnies from my teaching in elementary and middle school. I did not want to forget any of them.
Here are some of my favorite student responses from over the years . Please enjoy. If you are a teacher, add your own in the comments. I would love to hear them.
6th grade—We were discussing writing and using all five senses to create your story. I took them out to the playground and told them to use their senses to write a short paragraph.
As I am giving them directions, one of my students raised his hand. I saw the look in his eyes and just KNEW what he was going to ask.
ME: Please do NOT lick the playground.
8th grade—I am giving the students directions on what to do and I look back and see one of my students……..
ME: Please don’t put your pen in your ear.
Student #1: But…
Student #2: Wait, I wanna see what that feels like (puts pen in his ear)
ME: Get the pen out of your ears!
8th grade—The students had just gotten back from Christmas break, and a student was telling the class what they got for Christmas.
Student #1: I got a polaroid camera for Christmas.
ME: Man, those things are making a comeback.
Student #2: Polaroid? That’s a disease, right?
ME: Um, no, not at all.
Student #2: No, isn’t it a disease. I thought that’s what it was.
Student #2: Oh, wait. Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.
5th grade—Playing a review game for Old World History.
ME: What are the two holy cities of Islam?
Student #1: Mecca and um…. I don’t know.
ME: (looking at other student) If you can name the other one, I will give you a point, too.
Student #2: Madonna?
ME: No, Medina.
7th grade— We were in English so I’m not really sure why we got on the subject of geography. I think maybe North Dakota was in a sentence or something. Then this great response came:
Student #1: So there’s really a North Dakota?
ME: Um, yeah, you should know this already. There’s a South Dakota, too.
Student #2: There’s a Virginia and West Virginia. Is there a South Virginia?
ME: Did you not learn this in history by now?
5th grade—Reviewing for history.
ME: What is the study of the earth?
8th grade—This was my first year coaching softball, and it was the first game of the season. We had been practicing for over a month. We had just finished the first half of an inning as the home team, and the girls were running back into the dugout. One of my outfielders asked me what the score was so I told her how many the other team scored. The next part of the story left me speechless… Reminder-We are the HOME team. Another piece of information- She has played softball before.
Student: What’s the score?
ME: They scored five.
Student: What did we score?
ME: We have not batted yet?
Student: Yeah, but how many did we score?
ME: (shocked and spoke a little slower) We have not batted yet?
Student: Right, but how many did we score?
ME: The game just started. You just came in from the field. We have not batted yet, so we cannot score any points.
Student: Oh! So we only score when we bat?
(The whole dugout stops and is in shock)
ME: (pause) (speechless) (says slowly) Yes.
Student: Oh okay!
ME: (still in shock)
7th grade—We were talking about popping fireworks and some of what they told we was not particularly safe. I told them that are lucky they did not burn anything down. Another student chimed in with a response, and it went downhill from there. You should recognize the State Farm commercial.
Student #1: I burned down my grandpa’s shed.
ME: Burned it all the way down?
Student #1: Yes. My grandpa’s shed
Student #2: She shed?
Student #3: Cheryl’s she shed?
8th grade—I work at a private school so many of my students live 20 sometimes 30 minutes away. Quite a few of them live in swamp areas or country areas with lots of wildlife.
For homework, my students had to complete their study guide. I put it online and later that night, I got this response on Google Classroom from one of my students.
Student: Mmmm I don’t think so. I went outside to go get my booksack in the car and when I walked down the front porch, I saw a bear eating our trash, so that’s a big no no. That study guide is #notgonnahappen.
These are the moments that I read over and over again in my “Funny” books (the students named it). You never know what is going to happen at any moment. One day, a student will have a brick in his booksack because it is his “pet”, the next you are finding a student’s parent’s food stamp card in his pocket. This is what makes teaching SO MUCH FUN!!!
It only gets better from here! 🙂 Be on the lookout for more funny student stories in the future.
It’s been a while since I’ve added a post on SITC. Sorry. I do have a good excuse, however. I have been working on a new book. It’s a book that shares strategies that can allow teachers to teach happier.
I have been reading like crazy on the topics of success and happiness, and I’ve discovered that they are connected, but not in the way that I used to believe.
I used to believe that happiness was a byproduct of success. I used to believe that once I achieved success in an area of my life, I would then be happier. Once I got that promotion or once I bought a new car or once I got that degree, I would be happy.
What I’ve learned, however, is that I had it all wrong.
According to recent studies in the area of positive psychology, success comes AFTER happiness. In Shawn Achor’s amazing book, The Happiness Advantage, he shares study after study that demonstrates that “success revolves around happiness,” and not the other way around. So, our focus needs to be on finding happiness, and when we do, success will result.
I have implemented many of the strategies that I have learned from Shawn’s book and others, and it has been amazing! I have seen an incredible change in my life, not only in education, but in my personal life as well. For that reason, I am so excited to be sharing some of these strategies with the readers of this blog and the listeners of my podcast.
Since success in the classroom is our ultimate goal with this blog, I believe that sharing what I’m learning about the impact that happiness has on success should be part of what I do here.
I’ve begun the process of compiling specific strategies that I’ve learned from my readings that will help teachers find more happiness, and as a result more success. My goal is to publish a book sometime in the beginning of 2017 where I share these strategies. I call it, Teach Happier – 20 Strategies to Help Teachers Love What They Do Even More! There’s a link below where you can get on the Early Bird list to be notified when the book is available.
In this post, I want to share one of the strategies that I believe will help you teach happier. I call it – Thank Your Class.
This is one strategy that I wish I had used more often when I was a teacher. There is power in gratitude. We all like when our efforts are noticed and appreciated. Right? When we don’t get that “thank you,” we get a little irritated, and we lose our motivation to want to be helpful again. It’s part of our human nature. When we do get a little bit of appreciation, we are more likely to want to continue to be helpful, at least that’s how I feel. I suspect most people share that same feeling.
So, it’s not that difficult to believe that our students are also motivated by appreciation. That’s why we are quick to say, “Thank you,” to that student who picked up the trash off the floor or who helped a fellow student with their books. As teachers, we model appreciative behavior when we see positive behaviors. We need to keep doing that.
What I’m encouraging you do in this post, however, to is to make a special effort to include a moment of gratitude in your daily routine. Some time in your class, stop the lesson, and show some appreciation to your class as a whole.
“Guys, before you leave, I just want to say thank you for another great day. You helped make today so easy for me. You were respectful and you worked hard. That means a lot to me. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate you.”
Focus on what you want to have repeated. “Recognize what you want repeated.” I don’t know who said that, but it’s good advice.
I can almost guarantee that you will get a group of students replying, “Well, thank you for teaching us.”
It’s amazing how a little bit of sincere gratitude can make a world of difference.
I know what you’re asking, “What if the class was not respectful nor working hard? How can we appreciate that?”
Thank them anyway. Yes, don’t miss out on the opportunity to use gratitude to create change.
“Hey guys, before you go, I just want to say thank you for hanging in there with me today. I know things got a little rough, and it wasn’t one of our best days, but I appreciate you doing your best to make it work. I’m going to do everything I can to make tomorrow a better day for all of us, but for hanging in there with me today, I want to say thank you.”
Give it a try. I dare you.
It will be tougher to be grateful when things to be grateful for are scarce, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find something to add to your gratitude list. Yes, Johnny was especially disruptive today, but every other student in the class was on task. Yes, the fire drill messed up the lesson plan, but the students lined up quickly and quietly. It’s easy to find the negative in what we do. What will give us the ability to teach happier is making a conscious decision to look for the positive in what we do. Thanking your class will force you to look for that positive.
Give it a try, and let me know what happens.
This is one of the strategies that will be included in my upcoming book, Teach Happier – 20 Strategies to Help Teachers Love What They Do Even More!
Sign up to be notified when the book is available at TeachHappier.com.
Until next time, here’s to your Success in the Classroom!