Students Say/Do the Darndest Things

It’s been almost 50 days since my last post and there’s just too much to write in one evening, so I’ll just focus on what I spend the most of my time on–students.

The following are true stories that have happened since I’ve been teaching this year. Enjoy.

1. Backstory: Students are coming up to my desk, one by one, to turn in their homework and to see their overall class average. For the most part, all of my students have their work…until one young lady makes her way up to my desk with a huge grin on her face.
Student: Funny thing, Mrs. Kane. This weekend, I didn’t have any paper, so I wrote my homework on my hand.
She shows me her hand, which has a few words scribbled on it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t cut off her hand to grade, so she had to take a zero. Plus one for creativity.
2. Imagine teaching a group of crazy energized students. They finally calm down and are listening. Cue a bird from stage right. Students scream. Some run for their lives into the hallway. Man, I wish I had a video camera for some of this stuff.
3. I had this brilliant idea to let students go outside for a nature walk, since we’re going to be writing haikus. Prior to leaving the class, we talked about how haikus use a lot of sensory details (taste, smell, touch, see, hear). I told the students to find one subject in nature (grass, clouds, wind, etc.) and focus on it. Within 30 seconds of being outside, I have one student eating a piece of grass and another licking a tree. There’s a fine line between dedication and crazy. A|very|fine|line.
4. I drew a huge piece of paper on the board so that we could work on labeling our work in class. I swear, sometimes it’s a scavenger hunt to try to find where students write their name on their paper. Anyways, I wrote the following on my sample piece of paper:
Your Name

I literally had half the class write “Your Name” on their paper. Crazy, right? What threw me off the most is that they did write the date out and their block. What?
5. I sent a student to the hallway for continual talking in class and calling another student a name. He then proceeds to make faces in the door window. I tell him to stop. He does it again. Yellow slip (referral). One would think this would be the end, but these kids are creative. He proceeded to fold the paper up and put it in his mouth. Thank God, for this student’s sake and mine, that I was so shocked I didn’t know what to say. As a side note, this kid has seriously been awesome since then.

There’s so much more I could say, but I’ve got an early morning and I need to recharge to see these brilliant children tomorrow.