Situation: Sitting in a cafe with a senior literature class, taking a break from the rigors of Short Story Masters and literary elements. Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” plays on the overhead music. Teacher: I was in … Continue reading
Situation: Student who enjoys reading words backwards has theory on Eddie Murphy’s comedy, i.e. his comedy routine with ice cream and “you’re under welfare, you can’t afford it!” Student: Do you know what “Haagen Dazs” sounds like when read backwards? … Continue reading
Situation: Student making small talk with teacher during study hall. Student: Say ‘Jesus’ backwards. Teacher: Uh … “Sus-sej” Student: Yeah! Ha! “Sausage”
Situation: A carcass of a beaver is found in a nearby creek by a group of students. One student asks if it’s a beaver or an otter, for which the teacher doesn’t have an answer but promises to find out. … Continue reading
Situation: Teacher has asked students to tidy up the room, to include sweeping and picking up trash (leaves and tissue … don’t ask). One student is pushing a broom, spreading dirt around. Teacher: Hey, what are you doing? Student: Sweeping? … Continue reading
Situation: Student asks for an answer during a test. Student 1: What’s the last sentence of an essay’s introductory paragraph called? Teacher: Because I want you to do well, it’s called the “thesis statement.” Student 2: You should have told … Continue reading
Situation: A student sees antlers on a table and digs himself a grave. Student: Are those made of wood? Teacher: What animal do you know that grows wood? Student: A tree.