Instigating Chaos

It is so easy to lose control of the classroom. There I am, actively teaching a lesson, everyone is involved, and suddenly they’re all rolling about on the floor laughing hysterically. It is especially difficult to bring them back when I end up down there with them.

For instance: in current events today we were talking about a local car accident. One of the kids asked about air bags. I said, “Well, I was in an accident once and-”

Jake jumped from his seat and exclaimed, “Did you die?”

The whole class is silent as we look at him. I started to smile — couldn’t help it — and said drily, “Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I did.”

And that fast the floor is littered with rolling bodies. Sigh. I really need to learn to control myself.

19 thoughts on “Instigating Chaos

  1. ROFLMBO!!!!!!

    You know that one day you’ll hear that little Jake grew up to be a coroner, and you will immediately move out of the state where he practices. πŸ™‚

  2. You had me from the first sentence this time! (INDEED!) Oh yes… a little math here…

    Classroom Sarcasm + 5th Graders = Rolling Bodies!

    YEP! 45 minutes shot to hell!

  3. Polona — no rest for the teacher — even after she dies.

    Melli — for some reason my students always score well on inferencing when it comes to those standardized tests. They also have a good grasp of both irony and sarcasm.

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