53: Classroom Fun

53: Classroom Fun

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

Classroom Fun

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.

~Woody Allen

Teaching second grade never ceases to amuse me.

One year, I had a young man in my class who occasionally seemed to have difficulty following the rules, especially during unstructured times such as recess. Whenever he was guilty of any infraction, I immediately knew because he would break into tears as soon as he saw my face, and he had a million excuses as to why the behavior occurred. My students were entering the room after lunch recess one day and one by one they rushed to inform me of Tommy’s latest transgression.

I braced myself for the tears and excuses I knew were inevitably coming my way. As Tommy entered the room however, he marched with determination right up to me and said, “Mrs. N., I know you’ve heard about me making bad choices but you really need to hear my side of the story.”

I was intrigued, as he had never come in so calmly, and I let him proceed. Tommy continued, “All I said was, ‘Would you rather go to Heaven or go to Hell?’ If you really want to be mad at someone, you should be mad at Billy because he said, ‘Tommy, what the hell did you say that for?’”

Of course, sometimes I am the source of the amusement….

One day, I was standing at the whiteboard in front of my class, recording students’ ideas for a writing assignment. After documenting one student’s idea, I turned my head to call on another. Suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my chin. I quickly discounted it and continued writing down ideas.

As I turned my head a second time, again I felt something sharp hit my face. This went on for quite some time. Then, one of my students raised her hand and said, “Look everybody… Mrs. N. has a new magic wand for us to use in the classroom and she’s trying to hide it.” I looked down and discovered I had popped the underwire in my bra!

~Lori Neurohr
2009 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year
Elementary teacher, grade 2

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