Here is the latest from the classroom:
Whilst singing the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’, one of my students stopped abruptly. When I asked why, he said, “But the cow didn’t really jump over the moon?” I asked whether the dish really ran away with the spoon, to which he replied, “Yes, that is ok.”
My class and I were having a discussion about pets. Cats, dogs and rabbits were very popular. One child raised their hand and exclaimed, “I have a skinny pig!” I asked if they meant guinea pig. “No, a skinny pig. The long ones.”
Take a punt
One of my favourite things is asking my students what they think an unfamiliar word might mean. We encountered the word ‘drama’ and my entire class immediately began to play air drums.
I was reading a storybook to finish a lesson and I asked which animal is pink and stands on one leg. They knew it was a flamingo and sprung up to show me they could also (sort of) balance on one leg. I asked why flamingoes are pink. One child announced with some authority that they roll around in paint.
I tried to elicit the answer ‘skirt’ from my students by asking, “What am I wearing?” They replied, “A costume!” and “Pyjamas!” Charming.
I tried to explain the word ‘pudgy’ which inexplicably came up one lesson. I mentioned it might mean having ‘chubby cheeks.’ The kids began squidging their own and one girl suddenly screamed, “Don’t kiss me!” She must have grandparents…
Two very different sentences about the word ‘passionately’:
When teaching modal verbs, I asked the children to finish my sentences. ” I should…” then I mimicked washing my hands. One child exclaimed, “You should wash your hands with soup.” Campbell’s have a new market.
When teaching homophones, I gave my students two sentences to complete. The first was ‘An octopus has ___________ arms.’ The second was “I ___________ the whole cupcake.’ The answers are of course ‘eight’ and ‘ate.’ One member of the class told me that her mother says she is not an octopus since she only has two arms!
I’ll leave you with some lovely notes from my students, and the hardest word search I’ve ever done: