On seeing me again

<While filling up at Quiktrip, I ran into a former student.>
“Miss VanSickle!”
“Hey, baby, how are you?”
“I’m good Miss, I’m good. I wasn’t sure it was you, y’know?”
“I know, I look different.”
“I know, I was like, ‘Damn, that girl looks like a younger hotter version of Miss V, and then you turned and I saw your tattoo.”
“Thanks?”
“It’s a compliment.”
“If you have to say it…but even if I’m hotter, why do you think I looked older when I taught you? Because the last time I had you, I was like, 24, and now I’m almost 30.”
“I know where you’re going with this, and I don’t like it.”
“It was your fault.”
“See, I said I didn’t like it…”

On Dr. Seuss consequences.

<I had my students practice STAAR strategies with picture books last week and this was overheard.>
“Aw, MAN, he straight up RATTED on that star-bellied-thingy. I’d cut him.”
“Oh, and look, they’re going to end up friends. Because this is a book for kids.”
“What can I say, man? Sneetches get beaches.”

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On what we have in common.

“Guys, c’mon, STAAR isn’t a race where you need to beat each other, we can all be successful.
<rolls eyes> “Yeah, c’mon guys, we can beat the STAAR *together!*”
“Thanks for that facetiousness.”
“You’re welcome.”
“You right though, Miss, we all come from Harambe.”

On coloring

<Today, if my students finished their timed writings, they had the option to color. ALL of my 4A students chose to color.>

“Miss, I see what you mean now. This is the most relaxed I’ve been all week.”
“I know, right? I came in here wanting to punch someone out, and now I don’t even want to a little bit.”
“This is the most valuable thing you’ve taught us all year.”

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On Fbook personalities

<Today, to infuse some levity into my lesson on theme, I included a bonus warm up by asking them to identify the theme of Pastor Fred’s video.>

“That’s me. That’s me in 10 years.”
“10 years? That’s me tomorrow.”
“He know he right. He know.”

On returning compliments.

<Today, I told all my classes that I love them and they’re the reason I come to work. These are two of the responses I got.>

“Aw, thanks, Miss. You’re my favorite English teacher this year.”

“Nice. I’m’a go rate you on Yelp. 10 out of 10. Would recommend.”

On el presidente

<Teaching my English Speakers of Other Languages sophomore class today, we were trying to write a persuasive paper on why making decisions using bias and prejudice are unfair…>

“Right, so now that we know what bias and prejudice are, what do we call some of the people who DO make decisions on bias or prejudice?”
“TRUMP!”
“Okay, sure. Now what other titles do people call him BECAUSE he does this?”
“President?”
“What else?”
“Idiot.”

They did eventually get there, but I need to be a little more cautious, perhaps, with my English language learners…