Friday, June 3, 2016

Classroom Edition

 For the past several years I have been lucky enough to teach a combination of High School and Middle School classes. Over those years I've heard some crazy things from students (as you can imagine).  Since we are ending school I thought it might be fun to share some of these things with you all.  (all names have been protected or changed)

1. I must preface this by saying that our school has a "no cell phones in class" policy. One day a student walks in my class with a sticky note from the office that said "Please let Aaron answer his phone in class. It will be his probation officer calling".....WHAT?????   I saved this sticky note for years. I'm sure it's still in an old box somewhere.

2. A middle school student came to eat lunch in my room one day. She saw that I wasn't eating anything and asked me "Do you think it is a good idea for someone your age to be skipping lunch?"  She did not know that I had already eaten my lunch before she got there.



3. Just this year I dressed in blue and yellow to show my support on Boston Marathon day. A student came in and looked me up and down and said  with a straight face "Why are you dressed as the Ukrainian flag?"   To be fair, this student is not from America and had no idea what the Boston Marathon was. That day I got a lesson in what each color of the Ukrainian flag represented.

4. One year I had my 8th grade students write me a letter stating the most important things they learned and what they remembered. One student wrote that he will remember that I always wore the most stylish shoes.  Yes, this was an 8th grade boy that wrote that.  (This was of course PRE-Marathon training)

5. Now  several years later POST-Marathon I had a student say "look Mrs. S is wearing her Easys today.  I thought, O gosh, does this kid think I wear Easy Spirit shoes like his grandma? I was wearing black Ann Klein wedges with a tiny bow on them. For sure they couldn't be mistaken for East Spirit shoes!  Why are middle school boys so fascinated with women's foot wear anyway?

Regardless of all the silly stories I have to share, I love my job and am very blessed to be able to do the things I do.    Okay, Let Summer break begin!!!! -M

Please share a funny story from your job........

We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.




44 comments:

  1. Congrats on another school year coming to a close!! My parents were teachers/school administration and they, too, have TONS of stories. Kids are crazy (never me, of course). Speaking of shoes, my high school French teacher actually wore two different shoes to school one day and didn't notice until after lunch when my class pointed it out to her. And one had a little heel and the other was a flat. So, yes, for some reason kids are always looking at their teachers' shoes!! Have a great summer!

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    1. Case in point, I had an 8th grade boy just this week tell me he liked my dress because it matched my shoes!

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  2. I love this. Working with middle school kids, you hear & see a lot.
    I'd love to know what the guy who remembered your shoes all year does for a living / going to do for a living.
    I'd also like to know what happens to the kid that already had a probation officer. Yikes!
    Funny about the blue / yellow outfit. I'll think of that flag now every Boston Marathon day :)

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    1. Hmmm, I'd like to know that too. He is in college now I'm sure.

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  3. You must do a lot of laps around the classroom!!

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  4. I sometimes work at the reference desk at an urban public library. I don't get comments about my shoes, but some of the questions I get make me wonder how humanity survives LOL.

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  5. Its so funny to hear the things older kids say! Working with younger kids I heard alot of funny things too, but of course its different. Congrats on finishing up the school year!

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    1. I've learned that younger kids have no filter either..lol

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  6. O my gosh and I thought only elem. kids said the darnedest things! I love that the MS boys love your shoes!!!

    I once had a kindergarten student put her name on the board because she stood up during the lesson and pulled her pants up and said, "My butt crack's showing." I said "M, put your name on the board." She walked to the board unphased and said, "But my butt crack was showing." This same student once disappeared into the bathroom for like 10 minutes. I knocked on the door and asked her to come out. When she did, her long blonde hair was soaking wet and slicked back. I said, "M, what happened?" She goes, "My hair got wet." That's what 5 yr olds do, they take no ownership. If they take their shoes off they say, "My shoes came off." If they break something they say, "This broke." I their hair is SOAKING wet, it GOT wet, not they MADE it wet lol.

    As you can see, I don't have a lot of patience for 5 yr olds.

    When is your last day? Our kids have a half day today and we go back on Monday then DONE.

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    1. Haha, I got to be in a kindergarten class for some time this year so I can understand that.
      We are "officially" done next week as well!

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  7. You know I work in healthcare so funny stories abound... One time a young patient was hopping all over the room. I asked him if he had ants in his pants and he told me he did but he went to the hospital and they are "all gone now"....

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  8. ja ja!! oh my god! kids say the best things! I can't believe they remember your stylish shoes, and had to write about it! that is so awesome!

    I don't think I have any funny stories from my job... it's a little boring here.... But when I was helping at the school last week, a kid came over and gave me a hug, and being that I'm a jerk, I said to him... without thinking... "Please don't touch me!".

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    1. Yea, there is certainly not a dull moment when you work at a school.

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  9. That note about the cell phone is definitely priceless. I'll never forget several years ago when students were trying to guess my age. One student asked if I was 19, and then another student said "Nah, she can't be 19. She's closer to 50." Students definitely say the darnedest things!

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    1. Ha, from a compliment to an insult, that's kids for ya!

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  10. omg these are hysterical!!! Happy end of school year!

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    1. These kids certainly are precious! Thanks Mar.

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  11. Ha, that's funny that middle school boys pay so much attention to footwear! Who knew?

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  12. LOL, I actually have a cute pair of Easy spirits, but maybe shouldn't wear them if they are granny shoes, hehehe!

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    1. I've actually seen some cute Easy spirit shoes too. Hey, if they are comfy I don't care if they are the same shoes a grandma would wear...lol

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  13. How funny! The first one cracked me up - I would have kept that note, too!!

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    1. And the thing was, the note was true. I don't think he ever got the phone call while he was in my class though but honestly it was so long ago that I don't even remember now.

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  14. Those are so funny! Kids do say the most hilarious things sometimes. I wish I had written them all down

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    1. Us teachers all laugh and say we could write a book someday with all the crazy things that are said/happen.

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  15. Bahahaha, I had to laugh at the Probation note! Kids say the darnedest things! No filter what so ever! My daughter has 2 more years of college and she will fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. She wants to be a math teacher for middle school. I never saw this coming but I'm so glad she is so goal-oriented and is on the right path! I did not realize you taught Meranda, a huge thank you for all you do to help our kids!

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    1. Aww Thanks Tricia. Good luck to your daughter!

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  16. I am just cracking up at the boys noticing your shoes!!!

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    1. They usually have some cool shoes themselves too!

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  17. That is hilarious that the boys are looking at your shoes!! I'm sure you have a new story everyday with that age kids!!

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  18. Kids are so funny! Congrats on making it through another school year - I'm sure teachers enjoy summer break just as much (if not more!) than the kids do :)

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    1. Thanks Jen! I'm ready to enjoy this great weather for sure!

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  19. Why, I had no idea that middle school/hs boys notice shoes so much. Maybe it's a new thing? For sure my husband doesn't -- which very well might be a good thing.

    Thanks for the laughs! I don't work anymore, but Lola has a really bad underbite. A kid once asked me why she was mad at him (she's very friendly and LOVES kids).

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  20. Your work stories are so funny! Very cute Boston Marathon day outfit btw :)

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  21. OMG so hilarious! Kids really do absorb everything and their perspectives are so funny sometimes. Yay for summer break! Enjoy!

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  22. OMG this cracks me up. My students remember odd things in class too...they comment in my eyebrows a LOT. I've luckily never had a student with a probation officer though!

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  23. Yay, enjoy summer!!
    This cracked me up but I love the probation officer story in particular lol Before I took my current job, I spent 4 years in the alternative placement in our school division and it took some getting used to! A lot of the kids had P.O.'s, and they would tell me the craziest stories...it felt like I had landed on another planet at first! I had been in elementary school before that lol

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  24. I LOVED reading all of these stories! It's amazing what kids can think of! My favorite is the Ukrainian flag story. Who would have ever thought of that, right? I used to volunteer as a Junior Achievement teacher and I also have some cute stories to share one of these days. =)

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  25. Hahahaha... kids crack me up. I teach 2nd - 5th and the things they will say!

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