A collection of funny classroom stories from various web sources.
First grader #1: Miss D.*, how old are you?
23-year-old Miss D.: Well…
First grader #2: Shhh! Don’t you know you’re not supposed to ask an old lady how old she is?
— Hauppauge, New York Overheard by: Toni
(We are studying the US state capitals in class, and the teacher is quizzing us on them.)
Teacher: “What is the capital of Connecticut?”
Teacher: “Umm… here’s a hint: It’s a shape and a car.”
Student: “Square Lamborghini!”
(It’s really Hartford. We still laugh about that to this day.)
— ELEMENTARY SCHOOL | CA, USA http://notalwayslearning.com/
Students were creating a human skeleton using a variety of pastas. They could break them and shape them pretty much any way they needed to in order to complete the skeleton. I noticed something odd on one students skeleton and stupidly decided to ask about it…
Me: "Hey Ashley…why do you have that piece of fettuccine stuck to the pelvis?“
Student: "Well he’s a boy so…it’s a penis.”
Me: "Oh! Uh…well just so you know there isn’t actually a bone…there.“
Student: "Oh my gosh really?! …Wait…then why do they call it a….”
Me: "NO! Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. No more talking.“
I backed away and never questioned another pasta skeleton the rest of the day…
Teacher: What’s daddy’s first name?
Teacher: No, his real name…like what does mommy call him?
Student: Oh, lazy.
Student: My babysitter is picking me up today; mommy had to go to the vagina doctor.
Four Yr. Old on a field trip: Is this whole place China?
Teacher: We are still in NY but this is China town
Four Yr. Old: I bet Chinese McDonalds is deeelicious!!
Teacher: Class, what comes after the letter K?
I recently asked a student where his homework was. He replied, “It’s still in my pencil.”
—Larry Timmons, Surprise, Arizona
My sixth-grade class would not leave me alone for a second. It was a constant stream of “Ms. Osborn?”
“Ms. Osborn?” “Ms. Osborn?” Fed up, I said firmly, “Do you think we could go for just five minutes without anyone saying ‘Ms. Osborn’?!”
The classroom got quiet. Then, from the back, a soft voice said,
“Um … Cyndi?”
—Cyndi Osborn, New York, New York
"Yeah, I want to go to college! I really want to go! I have lots of money to pay for college!"
[Later on in conversation]
"Wait, college is school? I don't want to go to college! I didn't know college is SCHOOL!!"
On the last day of the year, my
first graders gave me beautiful handwritten letters. As I read them aloud,
my emotions got the better of me, and I started to choke up.
“I’m sorry,” I said. “I’m having a hard time reading.”
One of my students said, “Just sound it out.”
—Cindy Bugg, Clive, Iowa
We noticed an article in our feed a few months ago and thought that our readers would appreciate it. We presume you already know that geography is incredibly interesting. It's a discipline that actually makes you think outside of your own environment and relate other places, peoples and cultures. You can't really be passionate about geopgraphy without being an open-minded thinker with an 'inner-eye' that's forever looking at the horizon.
The article is from the UK and takes a slightly tongue in cheek look at the reasons that you might want to explore this subject in college and into your career. But, underlying their "10 reasons why geography is far and away the best subject to study at university", is a really important point...
Geographers are quite employable. We've highlighted elsewhere the US Bureau of Labor Statistics that project a 29% increase in this occupation. Here's another study in the UK of a recent graduating class, that shows that geography majors have one of the lowest unemployment rates of all discipines. This is attributed to a few reasons;
- Studying geography provides graduates with a mix of skills employers want to see.
- Geography students tend to have a more flexible career path than other subjects with higher unemployment statistics.
- Geography graduates flexibility opens up possibilities in industries with increasing numbers of vacancies.
Okay, now lets look at a few of the lighter reasons that you will want to study geography in college according to Huffington Post, UK:
- No-one really knows what you study
- You get to go on loads of field trips
- You have the life of an arts student
- Geographers are the most fun
- You get to do a bit of everything
- You're not geologists
- Your dissertation can actually be interesting
- Because you've always wanted to be a geography teacher
- Everyone loves volcanoes
- Because everyone loves colouring in
By all means, take a look at the article to see if you agree with the thinking behind these advantages. (But keep the 'very employable' thing in mind too!)