Each day I read to my students. They have to answer comprehension questions as we go. The next day, I ask questions about what happened in the story on the day before, before I read the next selection. Yesterday, the bit I read included a geriatric birthday party (I know it sounds wierd, but this is out of context and I’m not going to write the storey out here to explain.). At one point the younger party atendees clapped and, “Some of the old sailors banged their canes on the floor.”
When I asked the class today about what had happened in the story yesterday, one girl said, “People clapped and the old people banged their canes on the floor.” I wanted her to tell me, of course, about the party, which was the main event in yesterday’s reading. I said, “Yes, but why were they doing this?” My student said, “'Cause old people can’t clap?” That just cracked me up.
In Taiwan, of course, I almost died laughing when a class of students sang to me about an itchy, bitchy spider.
In Korea, I almost fell over the first time a nine year old asked me if I was a virgin. (She meant to ask if I was single.)
Got any classroom zingers to share?