Sound It Out
There are so many to choose from, but this question was one of my favorites: “Does pork come from porcupines?”
—Stephanie D.

This Just In
A student asked me how, before television, we knew if school was canceled because of snow.
—Aretha W.

When I Was Your Age…
My student teacher, who is in her 40s, was doing a presentation as a Scots-Irish settler from the 1800s, and all of my students thought she was telling them about her real childhood.
—Jessica P.

Timeline Trouble
My favorites are a tie between “Are you married to Martin Luther King, Ms. Martin?” and “Was Abraham Lincoln president when you were a kid?”
—Amanda M.

Initial Confusion
My first year, I was teaching in Florida, and the standardized tests there are called FCATs. On Valentine’s Day, I put up a bulletin board featuring a cat pulling a wagon full of Hershey’s kisses. One student looked at the board and asked me if that was the F-cat.
—Susan M.

Island Life
“Did you know Alaska isn’t an island?”
—Kacey T.

Mother Tongue
In Indiana, I introduced myself to my students and told them I was from England. After I shared more fun facts about myself, a student asked: “If you are from England, do you speak English?” Why, yes. Yes, I do. In fact, I’m speaking English right now.
—Amanda S.

Career Advice
During dismissal: “So, Mr. Matt, what do you do for a living?”
—Matt S.

Keep It Simple
“If you need to call 911, what is the phone number?”
—Colleen P.

From A to Z
“When we finish learning all of the alphabet letters, will we be done with kindergarten?”
—Valerie E.

World’s Coolest Invention
When discussing the Romans, a student asked if horses had been invented.
—Bob O.

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