Sometimes teachers overhear some of the strangest comments.Â It’s just a little past lunchtime, and I already have threeÂ doozies for today:
“I think I broke my nipple.”Â (1st grade boy)Â The child was sitting across the table from me.Â So it wasn’t really an “overheard” comment.Â He was commenting for the entire reading group.Â I figured that I SURELY hadn’t heard correctly, so I HAD to ask, “You broke your what?”Â
“My NIPPLE!” he clarified as he took his fingers and pinched his shirt over his left nipple to demonstrate what he was talking about.Â The child next to him followed suit with both sides of his shirtÂ to make sure I understood what he was talking about.Â I briefly wondered what on earth someone would think if they walked into my classroom and saw children touching their nipples.Â However, once the boys saw that I understood, they stopped.Â The first boy continued, “When I leaned over the table, I banged it against the chair.”
“Oh, okay.Â Well hopeÂ it feels all rightÂ now,” I said.Â We continued with our reading lesson. Maybe 30 seconds from beginning to end of scenario.
“I didn’t really fart.” (2nd grade boy)Â I was walking past a second grade class that was lined up in the hall returning to class from the cafeteria.Â Â Figuring that he probably HAD really farted or he wouldn’t have felt a need to say he hadn’t, I kept on walking.
Scenario #3 – Same 2nd grade boy as the previous scenario – along with a classmate – in the hall about 20 minutes later. “See I can do it!”Â The other boyÂ replied, “I can’t.”Â The first boy stuck out his tongue and curled it up from the sides.Â The other child just stuck out his tongue.Â He couldn’t curl his.Â I thought about stopping and telling them that the ability to curl one’s tongue like that is a genetic trait, but then when I started thinking about it, I wasn’t sure that was right.Â So once again, I kept on walking.Â I’ll have to look that up.