(I have been teaching swimming lessons for 4 years and I am surprised that this didn’t happen sooner. In the higher levels, one of the requirements is to be able to swim with clothes on for safety purposes. The kids are about 11 and 12. On this day, I show the class how to turn their pants into PFDs)
Me: Alright guys! Now we need to take our pants and blow them up.
Student 1: I’ve never been allowed to take my pants off in class.
(A little later we all have our pants back on except for one student who keeps trying to repeat what we were doing earlier.)
Me: (Student 1)! Put your pants back on!
(I never thought I would say that during lessons)
(This takes place at lunch, *girl 1* had been teasing me before this happened) Girl 1: I’ll just come down and tease you at work study.
Sister You’ll tease?
Girl 1: Yes, I’ll tease her… Strip tease.
Me: But my phone is almost dead! I can’t video it!
(It is a French lesson, and we are naming films in categories to improve our vocabulary. The teacher asks for a scary film in French.)
Student #1: oooh, [horror film]!
Student #2: [other horror film] !
Student #3: NEMO!!!
( Her suggestion earns her a round of applause!)
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
(We are learning about ancient Greece, and are spending the day talking about the mythology)
Teacher: “…and Hades is the ruler of the Underwear…”
(She continues on, while the class bursts into laughter)
Elementary School Art Classroom
(I’m an art education major at a state school and I’m observing in an elementary school art classroom, this happened to be the elementary school I attended when was younger. The art teacher, who was approx. ten years younger at the time, was my teacher and is now my teacher mentor whom I’m observing under. On this day, I’m observing a fourth grade class. After the students come in and take their seats, my mentor teacher takes the opportunity to introduce me to her class.)
Teacher: Class we have a special visitor with us today, [My name]. She is a student at [University] studying to be an art teacher. Fun fact about [My name] is that she went to [School] when she was your age and I was her teacher.
(This class apparently is notorious for interrupting and being louder than they should be and one student jumps at the opportunity to ask a question.)
Student #1: Mrs. [Teacher’s name], when you were her teacher were you sixteen?
(She and I had to excuse ourselves as we were laughing so hard. I’ve since decided that sixth graders are the most entertaining age group to teach!)