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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.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  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. 🙂

  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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