She irritates me, too!

Teacher (teasing): You should try to lessen the stress in Mrs. Crumpett’s life.

Me: (Wild gesticulating, encouraging the student to agree)

Student (thinks about it for a minute): Nah. She irritates me, too!

Teacher: Touché.

Me (Laughing, to the teacher): See what I’m talking about?



Automatic Street Cred

At all school meeting–

Boss:… and welcome to [Mrs. Crumpett]!
Student in my 1st hour Algebra 1 class: She’s cool, but she don’t play.
Boss: She doesn’t what?
Student: She don’t play. She just don’t play around.
Boss: You know why that is? Because she taught at [neighboring urban school] for years before coming here.
All: (general “oooooh”)


Keepin’ it Retro

Every other week we do a song analysis. I have a jar that students can submit songs anonymously and I choose a song at random.

So far in 10 weeks, we haven’t analyzed any songs in this decade, and only one from this century…

I drew another song this morning and, are you ready for this?, tomorrow we will be analyzing Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

I couldn’t help myself. I laughed. I laughed for a long time.

The student shrugged his shoulder and with wide eyes said, “What? I like old songs!”

I {heart} this class!!

How old am I?

If there is any left over breakfast or snacks, I let the students have extra if they answer a question correctly. The questions are usually over the current lesson, but today I asked “How old am I?” One young man in the back screamed out “You’re 60! You’re 60! You’re 60!”

No one was surprised he didn’t get seconds.

I do not think it means what you think it means…

Today’s lesson brought to you by Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Brom Bones is a fan of cock fights. The majority of my students (based on their horrified expressions) did not know what those are.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s not as inappropriate as you’re thinking…”

Once and Always

Me: So, those of you who’ve had me before, answer this question: What do I do for my students over breaks?

Students: Send cards!

Me: That’s right. So if you’d like to receive a card from me, please write your address down on this paper, even if you’ve had me once or more than once…because once a student of Mrs. Crumpett, always a student of Mrs. Crumpett.

No one got the Narnia reference, but everyone filled out the paper.

Added bonus: I think I got another teacher to do this with her classes, too. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference!