This semester, I have a student, we'll call him Ham. Ham is a verbally expressive guy. He likes to share his opinions with the class and he keeps us all pretty entertained. He's what I would call an interesting character. You usually have at least one in each class.
Here are a few of my favorite Ham moments from this week.
WHILE EXPLAINING THAT I HAVEN'T FINISHED GRADING THEIR TESTS...
Student 1: Did you grade our tests yet?
Me: Nope. I'm a terrible person. I kick puppies, drown kittens, & kill small children. I fell asleep early last night before grading the short answer sections. Maybe by tomorrow?
Ham: You do all of that?! We should start a group!
Me: What? An intervention group to keep me from destroying innocent lives?
Ham: NO! We all do that stuff too! It could be like a club.
Me: You know your a little crazy, right?
WHILE WRITING ON THE CHALK BOARD...
Me: (pointing to the board) So what is supply & demand??
Ham: Hey, Mrs. Frizzle?
Ham: You have chalk on your belly.
Me: (glancing between my chalk covered black shirted pregnant belly and the clear belly imprint on the board) Huh. I wonder how that could have happened...
IN MY CLASS TODAY...
Me: We've just learned about the different routes of the triangle trade established by the Europeans. Now I'm going to show you a short clip from the movie Amistad which depicts the Middle Passage from Africa to the West Indies. Does anyone have any questions before we begin?
Ham: Mrs. Frizzle?
Me: Yes, Ham?
Ham: I like you. I was thinking about it just now and I've decided I like you.
Me: Umm. Ok. Thanks. A bit random and not exactly related to the Middle Passage... But, I enjoy having you in class as well. Now, back to that clip...
Just a few class moments from the daily life of a high school teacher.