Bring in the Clowns
When I was student-teaching second grade, a child told me, “I really like your eye shadow. It looks like a clown!” I never wore that color combo again.
With big, sincere smile: “You’re my third-favorite teacher!”
Happy Early Birthday
One of my first years’ teaching, my class made me a Happy 30th Birthday card. When I told them I wasn’t yet 30, they said, “We guessed you were, like, 40, so we thought you’d like getting a 30th birthday card!”
Law of Attraction
“You really like science. I bet you talk to your magnets when we are gone.”
“You’re the best teacher in the whole world! You’re even better than the dictionary!”
Straight to Goodwill
My first year, I wore a suit with beautiful embroidery work on the jacket. I thought I looked professional. Then one of my kids came up to me and said, “I really like your suit. My grandmother was laid out in a suit just like it.” I never wore it again.
—Karen D. M.
One of my kindergarten boys patted my arm and told me that when I grow up, I can teach first grade.
Badge of Shame
“Is that a picture of when you used to be old?” [pointing at my ID badge]
Weird in a Good Way
A student said, “You are like Ms. Frizzle” (from The Magic School Bus series). I asked how. She answered, “You are kind of weird.”
The look of pity in their eyes when I say that I started out teaching fifth grade, then fourth, and now third.
I was wearing a striped sweater and a student said, “Hey, you look like Jupiter today!”
I got handed a note that said, “Best Teacher Ever???”
“Vast means great in size, immense. Now, can someone use the word vast in a sentence?” “Mrs. Housey is very vast.” Uhmph! I was pregnant.
Head of the Class
One of my kindergartners told me she liked my head.
—Susan M. E.
“Is your mom or dad a dentist? ’Cause you have really nice teeth!”
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