Saturday, 9 October 2010

It Is Time to Relax and Laugh.

Looking back over the last week I have become aware of how serious I have been this week. Maybe it has been circumstances; maybe it has just been me trying too hard to get back to where I was. A fellow blogger has a blog every Friday that is light hearted and it is always fun to read it. Today maybe I need to step back and see if I can see the wood, it often gets lost in the trees.

Yesterday I was asking my son how my daughter in law was getting on teaching in her new school. He laughed and told me some of the things that had happened in her first few weeks there. It all sounded so familiar. It is just a fact that students test out new teachers. They want to test the boundaries, to see how far than can push before the expected explosion comes. It is indeed a testing time and a time when it is important for the students and the teacher to get to know each other and more importantly to trust each other.

It is also a time when some of the strangest answers and performances come the way of the teacher. When I look back over my years in front of students how I so often wish I had recorded all those events. The hours I could have spent reflecting on them and having a laugh.

Fortunately some teachers did and still do keep such records. So for a nice easy start to Saturday I share one or two with you today.

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.

MARIA: Here it is.

TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?

CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'


TEACHER: No, that's wrong

GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?


TEACHER: What are you talking about?

DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.

TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louis, do you know why his father didn't punish him?

LOUIS: Because George still had the ax in his hand.

TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?

SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?

CLYDE: No, teacher, it's the same dog.

TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

HAROLD: A teacher.

Out of the mouths of children, often come great word of wisdom.

Have a great Saturday

This blog is linked to my other where I continue with the dog Dog 2


  1. Good Morning Ralph, 11 hours later and I am still the first to comment! These jokes have been around the world as I have heard many of them here. I am not sure whether any of them are true, but they are funny. In common they show quick wit from the students so at least the classes weren't dull. Disinterest is the hardest obstacle for a teacher or that attitude of "make me learn!"

  2. Posted a comment but it doesn't seem to be here. Anyway what I said was sort of
    "Wonderful the view of children, we need to stop and appreciate the simplicity of their views. As adults we make everything too complicated.
    Time to laught indeed! At least to lighten up!

  3. Laughter is healing. Thanks for a dose of it!