March 2018 SOLC–Day 23
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There were quite a few funny moments at school yesterday. I thought I’d share some of my favorites here.
- A student was trying to remind the class about the details of a read aloud scene with an antelope shooting:
“No, remember,” he said, “he didn’t shoot the cantaloupe.”
- I circulated through the room as students worked on a complicated math problem. They were chatting with partners, actively engaged in trying to solve the problem. X called me over.
“Mrs. Hogan, look at what I did.”
His math page was covered with numbers and diagrams, evidence of a lot of hard work. His answer was way, way off.
“Wow, you really dug into this problem, X,” I said. I can see you’ve been working hard. So now that you’ve got an answer, it’s time to think about whether it’s reasonable or not.”
X. looked up at me. “Mrs. Hogan,” he said, “thinking isn’t my forte.”
- During that same lesson, students were working on a number story involving egg packaging and extra eggs. I asked the class, “Is it possible that Elbert might get no eggs for breakfast some days?”
A student responded, “Yes.”
I followed up. “Can you explain why?”
“Well, sure,” he said, seriously. “he won’t get any eggs if the hens stop laying.”
- And then there was this cafeteria conversation:
“A, you need to eat up. We’re about to dismiss tables, and you still have a lot of your lunch left.”
She poked her chicken with her fork. “What’s that?” she asked.
“You mean the chicken?” I asked.
“Yeah, this part. It looks funny. What is it?” she pointed to the ribs on the underside of the chicken breast.
“Oh,” I said. “Those are bones.”
She looked at me, looked at her chicken again and then turned to the child next to her.
“E. you were right,” she whispered in a shocked tone. “They are bones!”
Hope some laughter lights your day today!