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I was teaching a general sports class to a group of 3 year olds and for a warm up game we played What Time is it Mr. Wolf? For those of you unfamiliar with the game, the wolf calls out a time and everyone takes one step for each hour (ie. for 4 o’clock everyone takes 4 steps) getting closer and closer to the wolf. One little girl was very excited to be the wolf. She had a smile from ear to ear when it was her turn and little did I know she had a surprise for all of us. We all ask her, “What time is it Mr. Wolf?” and she responds with, “10 million o’clock.” After having a good laugh and getting her to settle on 10 o’clock I thought she was getting the hang of the game as her next answers were 3 o’clock and 4 o’clock. We were no more than a step away from her when we asked her again, “What time is it Mr. Wolf?” We were expecting her to say lunch time, but instead to our surprise she yelled out, “INFINITY AND BEYOND O’CLOCK!”
At the start of a lesson with a good, intelligent class I was somewhat bothered that they – rather unusually – entered the room very loudly and in a disruptive way. In fact they were all falling about themselves with laughter. I was initially worried that I had done something to provoke this but I waited for them to settle and then I thought it best to inquire as to their state. One student volunteered the information stating that they had just come from a Personal Development / Health lesson (called PDHPE here in NSW Australia) and their teacher had concluded the class with this statement, “ok everybody – now that we have covered sex, for our next lesson we will be doing drugs”. I think they misunderstood his meaning!!!
While teaching a dance class I was rehearsing with my 5 year old students for our annual year end recital. One little girl was fidgeting with her fingers and mumbling incessantly about something. After taking a closer look I saw that my student had a very small blood blister on the tip of her finger. I told her to stop thinking about it and to make fists with her hands as per Irish Dancing protocol. A few minutes later all of my students were dancing when this same little girl breaks out into blood curtling screams. I noticed some blood dripping from her finger and quickly realized that her blood blister had popped. I quickly took the little girl to a back room where I helped her to rinse off her finger and tried to soothe her screams a bit. A few minutes had passed and I escorted my little student to our first aid kit where I got her a bandaid for her finger. After putting the bandaid on I asked the girl if she was okay now. Still slightly teary eyed, the little one turned around and said “Oh yeah, I was always fine but if I cry it gets me attention! This never hurt me at all!” Maybe I’ll keep this trick in mind to use on my husband next time!
I was teaching a 4-5 year old soccer class and playing a game of red light green light to introduce the concept of trapping the ball and dribbling the ball close to their feet. During explanation of the game, I began by relating the game to how their mommies and daddies drove when they see traffic lights.
I asked the group: ” when your mommies and daddies drive and see a red light, what do they do?” The group yelled out loud: “THEY STOP!”
I asked the group: ” when your mommies and daddies drive and see a green light, what do they do? The group yelled out: “THEY GO!”
Lastly, I asked: “what happens if they see a yellow light?” Most of the children were hesitating to answer, but one eager boy yelled out: “THEY STEP ON IT!”
I looked over at the mother who put her head down and began laughing continuously at the side bench while other parents began laughing and giggling as well. In the end, I decided to just play with red and green light to avoid any possible injuries.
Today we were brainstorming some new station ideas for our year-end Sports Day. After the students had a chance to share their ideas with a partner I asked them to share with the class. One student had some wild ideas for stations that we could have. He put up his hand and said, “We should have a contest to see who can put the most snails on their face.” Later on in the discussion, he was not discouraged about everyone’s reaction to his earlier suggestion because he raised his hand again and said, “We should have an eating contest where we see who can eat the most grass.” I think he misinterpreted Sports Day for Fear Factor!
As a general rule I don’t allow any of my grade 7 students to eat or drink anything in class unless it is water to drink or something healthy to eat. I was surprised when I saw one of my grade 7 girls wide-eyed drinking a Coca-Cola and eating a brownie at 9 am during class. When I told her she had to put it away, she responded with, “Why? I’ve already had a lot of sugar. I had 2 Red Bulls before I came to school.”
We had just finished a warm up in my grade 8 P.E. class and I was having students perform some mirror stretching with a partner. I look over to see a student (the biggest kid in class) performing what appeared to be tai chi. His partner was not mirroring him and was laughing. I ask him what he is doing and he responds by telling me that he watched Star Wars last night and is pretending to be Obi-Wan Kenobi. As he said this he pulled out an imaginary light saber from his pocket.
Recently I was helping out backstage at a year end performance for all our dancing students. I was organizing the youngest of our dancing groups when one of our smallest 3 year old dancers pipes up and says “You have BOOBS!” at the top of her lungs! Somehow she managed to yell this right when the rest of the auditorium had fallen silent. Talk about bad timing!
I took my grade 7 class to a local grocery store where two dietitians were offering free nutritional tours. It was a very informative tour around the store as the students were told about local food, the food groups, what to look for on certain labels, and so on. Following this tour, students were answering some questions in class about what they had learned and their favourite part of the tour. One student wrote that his favourite part was getting back to the class and eating a large bag of Doritos and a root beer because all the talk about healthy food made him hungry.
While teaching a tiny tots’ dance class, I sent the kids to take a break and have a drink. I noticed one of my students, a 3 year old boy, struggling with all his might to open his water bottle. I walked over to him and asked him if he’d like me to open his bottle for him, to which he responded, “I don’t need your help, I’m a BOY you know!”. Alrighty then! I don’t think the poor boy ever got his drink open!