Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The real reason I teach middle school

Today is my last day of work for a while. (Well, that's not entirely true. Tuesday I am going to a 2 day training on critical reading skills for non-fiction text, so that's a hoot.) For the last week or so of school, my students have been working on a final project, so there was a lot of them working and talking, and a lot of me listening in on their conversations. Here are some gems.

"Suck it Amy." (about how to cut paper)

Boy: "Is it hard to wear high heels?"

"My dad is Pablo Escabar."

Ben: "Will you adopt me?"
Me: "I don't think my husband would like that."
Ben: "Why? He doesn't like Islanders?"
Me: "No, he just doesn't like middle schoolers."
Ben: "I get that."

Student 1: "Have you ever heard of a red panda?"
Student 2: "Is it a bloody panda?"

"I don't have life insurance. I hope I don't die."

@ 10:07: "What time do we get out?"
Me: "10:17"
"Cool, we have a half hour left."

Finally I will leave you with two conversations that were brought up in my leadership class. To preface this first one, you have to know that I teach in a very ethnically diverse school. Many times I am the only white person in the room.

A few weeks ago I jokingly asked the class whose mom was making me tamales. A few kids said they would bring some in when the one Caucasian boy in the room asked what a tamale was. This sent the majority of the class into a little frenzy describing what they were and then asking him if he had other types of Mexican food (carne asada, carnitas etc.) One of the other boys looked at him in all seriousness and asked, "What do white people eat?"
"Chicken. We eat lots of chicken."
Me: "Meatloaf." Then a girl raised her hand and asked this gem of a question: "Mrs. Coleman, don't white people eat a lot of pasta?"

This next one I had to sit back and laugh during the whole conversation:
Boy 1 raises his hand: "Do girls check out guys butts?"
Girl 1: "Sort of but its not like we turn all the way around like you boys do when you look at girls."
Girl 2: "But we can't really see anything because you guys always sag."
Girl 1: "Except when you wear basketball shorts."
Boy 1: "So are basketball shorts like yoga pants?"

I have always said that one reason I love my job is that it makes me laugh everyday. My job is pretty stressful, but its conversations like these that get me through the tough parts.


Rachel said...

And "Suck it Amy" will now be my comeback for EVERYTHING! Thanks!

Jen said...

Haha wow...I love these.

Lauren said...

Hahaha. I love what our kiddos come up with!

Becky Dougherty said...

Haha. The things that students say. I've always liked listening to my first graders' conversations, as well. I'm off to 6th grade next year, so I have a feeling I may hear conversations similar to these. :)

Angi said...

I LOVE these stories. My sister teaches junior high also, it seems like a super fun age, especially when it comes to kids saying the darndest things... ;)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Are basketball shorts like yoga pants. hahahahah

Kristen said...

These are hilarious! I can't wait to finish up my Master's and get a classroom of my very own.

Katie said...

these are so funny! i don't know if I could teach middle schoolers!