SQOTD-“You’re like the coolest guy at Verizon”

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”

SQOTD-“That’s not true; people used to get stoned to death all the time back then.”

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.”

SQOTD- “Beowulf. That a real wolf though?”

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?”

SQOTD-“Can you at least, you know, pep it up a little? Be enthusiastic at least?”

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?”