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My freshmen completed an assignment called the Who Am I? box where they share important objects or photos that tell the class more about them. My fifth period class was talking about what kinds of objects they were going to include in their boxes, and a few girls were talking about the Bratz Dolls of their childhoods.
Student 1: They (Bratz Dolls) do not dress appropriately.” Havig: “Not a lot of meeting the dress code.” Student 2: “That’s because they don’t dress. The don’t wear clothes.” Student 3: “I don’t like Bratz Dolls. They’re ugly.” Student 2: “And they used to try to be Barbies. Oh wait, that was just me playing.”
Moment 2: “Can I borrow a Band-Aid, but forever. Like not give it back?” Personally, that’s the only kind of borrowing of Band-Aids of which I approve.
Moment 3: One of the students in 4th period made a future life plan for another student documenting her future marriage and children. There was some conversation while one student was trying to explain it to another student. At some point in time, the student whose life had been planned mentioned her cousin getting married. Another student responed: “What? You’re marrying your cousin? I know you’re from Amboy, but seriously.”
Moment 4: Sophomores are reading Don Quixote at the moment, and one student was talking about a quote in the novel. Student 1: “I don’t speak French. I speak normal.” Student 2: “It’s in Spanish.” Student 1: "Oh."
Moment 5: I’m trying to convince my 5th period freshmen that The Office is really funny and worth watching. They do not agree with me. “Oh, is that an inside joke from The Office? That’s why it’s not funny to us.”
Moment 6: I showed my freshmen the opening clip from Dead Poet’s Society as part of background information for A Separate Peace. There are bagpipes playing at the opening ceremony. “Oh, the music of my people!”
Moment 7: Now, my 5th period class is quite the bunch of distractible kids. One student asked which of two students who sit up by the front are more distracting. Havig: “I think Student 1 is more distracting than Student 2.” Student 2: “Thanks, I think. Wait, did you say attractive?” Havig: “No. (laughing) I said distracting.” Student 2: “Oh, I thought you said attractive.” Havig: “That would be a little weird, wouldn’t it?” Student 2: “Yeah, I guess it would.”
Moment 8: Student 1 is in a marketing class, and had made an advertisement for Cheerios. Student 1: “If you say this walking down the hall, would you buy Cheerios?” Havig: “Well, I like Cheerios anyway, so I wouldn’t need much convincing.” Student 2: “Ooh, me too. I love Cheerios. I took the 6-week challenge, and my cholesterol went down.”
The idea for this blog originated a few years ago while I was sharing funny things that my students said and did in class with my friends. My students crack me up all the time, and I enjoy sharing their hilarity with others. Originally, I posted ECMOA on my MySpace page, but the audience was limited. In an effort to expand and try out some different technology, I decided to start an official ECMOA blog. I hope you enjoy it.
Please feel free to comment or share your own Moments of Awesomeness.
watching the first season of Parks and Rec. Also amazing!
STILL boycotting the 7th Harry Potter book because I think it's stupid that J.K. is simply killing off a bunch of characters. Like I tell my Creative Writing students, blowing everything up (or killing everyone off) is NOT resolution. What did the owl ever do to you J.K Rowling?!
so annoyed with Rowling's crappy 7th book that I even refused to watch the 6th movie.
really enjoying my classes. My students are pretty fantastic so far. Definitely some great material for the ol' blog.
I'm an English teacher at a public high school, a gig that I've been doing for around 7! years now. I currently also teach our school's Leadership class. I'm an avid writer, but I don't seem to have enough time to read "for fun" books, as I like to call them. The grading seems to get in the way of such joyous endeavors. I also coach our school’s Knowledge Bowl team if any of you are doubting my extreme nerdiness. Also, if any of you are curious, the Hav part of my name rhymes with mob (as in the angry, torch carrying kind), or like you’re laughing, Ha Ha Havig.