Sometimes Kids Say the Darndest Things

6 May


One day in class…and for no apparent reason at all, my students started complaining about me and my teaching style. They said that I was too boring and uninteresting in general. So I stopped my lesson and asked who they thought would make a good teacher. A boy in the back raised his hand and said, “Eddie Murphy!”

“Eddie Murphy?” I said. “Why Eddie Murphy?”

“Because, the student replied, he’d tell us jokes and make us laugh.”  The other students all agreed.

Then they all failed my surprise quiz.

One of the things that can make teaching so difficult, and learning for that matter, is that you always have to be ready for new ideas…and for disappointment.

10 Responses to “Sometimes Kids Say the Darndest Things”

  1. Jae May 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I think in this day and age especially we have to change constantly. Kids are growing up in a world now that’s constantly shifting. I’m sure it’s got to be especially challenging for teachers.

    • Sonya May 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      I completely agree… watch the wiggles (actually I have only seen a commercial), it’s like visual crack, but it kind of has to be in order to get little little ones to watch it.

  2. funnyphilosopher May 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    The time I felt stupidest was when I said, “Wow! Out of time already. 50 minutes goes by really fast.” Most of the class laughed, essentially saying, “Not for us!”

  3. apronheadlilly May 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Summer is a-comin’! 🙂

  4. TechChucker May 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    I hope it’s ok to admit that I laughed when I read this line of your post.

    “Then they all failed my surprise quiz.”

    Perhaps it wasn’t meant this way, but my way of thinking was a nice “In your face Whiners… ” 🙂 Probably why I’m not a teacher 😉

  5. TamrahJo May 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I have quite a few friends who are teachers and they greatly enjoyed Sir Ken Robinson’s speech to the RSA regarding changing educational paradigms – thought you might enjoy it, too – Link below is the to animated ‘short’ page, which also contains a link to the full speech.

  6. ginaquilts May 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    This post rings true. Students want to be entertained now in school. There are so many different learning styles that the straight lecture and read/write learning styles don’t work as well as they did 20 years ago. Hands on learning and visual is where it’s at now.

  7. RAB May 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Ain’t it the truth. Actually, though, some thirty years ago a colleague remarked that his students seemed to get restless every seven minutes or so…about the length of time between commercials on television. So le plus ça change….
    Be strong. Teach them. They need that more than mere entertainment, which they can get everywhere….

  8. avwalters May 7, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    We may be entertaining ourselves out of a thinking populace. I’m not talking about diversifying to address different learning styles–I’m talking about the fact that students need to learn to think. Given the time it takes, I fear that critical thinking is a waning skill in the world of instant gratification and text messaging.

  9. Allison May 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I’m surprised kids know who Eddie Murphy is anymore!

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