“This puppy is so cute; I want to squeeze him so tight he’ll turn into a puppy diamond and then I’ll pierce my ears so I can wear him as puppy diamond earrings.” That’s weird, but at the same time, that speaks to me on a spiritual level.
Some students have the marvelous gift to burn other students so thoroughly with their words that there can never be recovery. This generally is not a “bullying” situation, because these students are usually good friends, and neither student is actually hurt by it. It’s just good fun had by all. Including me. One student was … More SQOTD-“You’re like the coolest guy at Verizon”
The school I teach at is old, and thus, is full of strange noises. The water is orange from old pipes. There may or may not be a significant ghost presence on the premises from the numerous civil war happenings in this area. The other day we were sitting in class, getting ready to discuss … More SQOTD- “The Devil is ALIVE!”
I am fortunate enough to work with some awesome teachers, so sometimes, I get some quotes from students who are not my cherubs. Today was one such occasion. I was sitting in another teacher’s study hall class, and a student came up to Ms. Teacher, looking severely distressed. “Ms. Teacher.” She said, taking a steadying … More SQOTD-“Did You Know Meat is Muscle?”
We were discussing Get Up and Bar the Door, an Anglo-Saxon ballad. I asked the students, “Why do you think that these strange men were walking around in the middle of the night?” Student: “Looking for drugs?” Me: “No. People didn’t really do drugs in the way that we think of doing drugs today.” SQOTD: “That’s … More SQOTD-“That’s not true; people used to get stoned to death all the time back then.”
On our second day of class I was discussing Anglo-Saxon literature. I try to impress upon them the dog-eat-dog mentality of the Anglo-Saxon world, and how violent it was. “People died young, and often violently. We are even going to be reading about a terrifying monster in Beowulf.” Student quote of the day: “Beowulf. That … More SQOTD- “Beowulf. That a real wolf though?”
The first day of class is always filled with policies, rules, and a ton of “BLAHBLAHBLAH.” After going through the regular list of evacuation routes, emergency procedures, and other crap that no one wants to hear about but everyone needs to know, one of my students raised his hand and asked, “How do you feel … More SQOTD-“Can you at least, you know, pep it up a little? Be enthusiastic at least?”
In honor of the fact that my classroom will be filled with the future leaders of America in so short a time, I figured I would compile a list to honor the tradition that will be starting again. Here are the top 15 student quotes from my fist year teaching, along with helpful gifs to … More The Top 15 Student Quotes (SQOTD) from My First Year