On amusement at my accessories.

After a few minutes of my students’ giggling for no apparent reason at the very beginning of class, I finally broke down and asked.

“Okay, guys. What’s the deal? Like, I know you’re laughing at me, but why?”
“OOOOOH Miss VanSickle.”
<Louder laughter from everyone.>
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO we won’t tell you.”
“Why not?”
“Because you’re not SLOW, so eventually you’ll realize what we KNOW..”
<Just assume the hysterical laughter is a constant.>
“Why are you rhyming?”
“You have to guess, we won’t tell you just because you say SO.”
“Is it something with the way I talk?”
“That’s beLOW us.”
“How I’m dressed?”
“You’re getting warmer, GOOOO onnnn..”
<I glance down.> “I thought I looked normal today? I’m wearing boot toppers and a nice bracelet and- oh.”
“I hate you guys so much.”


It took like 5 minutes to get them back on track. Apparently, they all talked about it and made the plan to emphasize the “OH” sounds all class while I was greeting students at the door, but couldn’t keep it together.


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