Laughter is the best medicine. It can change my whole day, and for that I’m very grateful. Here are some funny moments from Room 12.
Last week’s reading story was about animal groups – mammals, reptiles, etc. I had some trouble with this story last year, confusion and unanswerable questions, so I thought I was better prepared this year. Nah, I was dreaming. The story classifies mammals as having fur, being born alive, and able to drink milk from their mothers. The students love the story, love learning about the groups, but we’re 0 for 2 now. You mention milk from their mothers and little brows crinkle, little eyes churn (brow crinkling can sometimes be bad, by the way). At first, there were only a few innocent smirks but as the week progressed, one little fellow finally asked the question. “Where…where do they drink milk from their momma?”
Me being the superb (ha, ha) teacher I am, answered, “From different places.”
This boy looks at his neighbor, even as most of the students accepted my answer as it was, and his neighbor (a sweet little girl) proceeded to point straight to her ninnies. I heard him say oh and then the subject was dropped as quickly as I could usher them forward. (Book people! Think, please! Do they really need to learn that specific thing in first grade? Being born alive is hard enough!)
This week, we moved on to another story about space. Great story, great pictures of the moon. We’ve had wonderful discussions of what it would be like to be an astronaut on the moon and how much we’d like to ride around in a lunar rover. The same little princess who informed the students at her table about ninnies and the production of milk asked, “What do people do with their phones in space?” I replied, “They don’t take them with them. They leave them at home.” Her brow crinkled again and she asked, “Well then, how can people find them?”
Disclaimer: I can be a smart-aleck from time to time. Not often but sometimes. You’ll be proud to know I didn’t laugh or say anything inappropriate. I just smiled and said, “Well, hun, their family will know they’re going into space, which is a big deal, so they’ll be okay without their phone for a few days.”
I know I post these every year (sorry), but they make me smile. Smiling, laughter = a much kinder, softer teacher.
We made ourselves as we’ll look at 100 in recognition of the 100th day of school. When I introduced the project, I got the brow scowl again. A blonde angel piped in, “If we live that long. Doubt it.”