On my use of contacts.

<Today, I wore contacts all day for the first time ever. Here are some of my students’ reactions.>

“Miss, you blind now?”

“Miss, did you break your glasses?”

“Oh, you are wearing contact? You look…”
“Pretty, say she looks pretty.”
“Yeah, okay, pretty…”

“Contacts? On you? Do I like it? I feel like I like it.”

“Where’s Miss V—?”
“She’s right there.”
“Nah, that’s not her, that’s some lady who doesn’t wear glasses.”

“Oh you a real G now.”



On non-mistakes.

<I threaten to call one of my favorite students’ moms because he won’t stop bouncing ON (not in) his chair.>
“Man, Miss, don’t! I’ll calm down. I already got sent to the SRO today.”
“Stuff happened. I don’t know. It’s fine now, let’s not go there.”
“I get it, mistakes were made…”
“Nah, it wasn’t a mistake, I definitely meant to do it.”

On proof of love.

<Teaching life lessons while reading…>

“Should you ever ask anyone to prove their love to you?”
<Most of class> “NO!”
<One kid> “YES!”
“Um, no.”
“Okay, but only if you’re really hungry and you want your mom to make you a sandwich.”

On being Christ-like

<Student asks the saaaame question for the fourth time in a row.>

“Like three times.”
“You dead Miss?”
“She’s dead.”
“She’s Jesus.”
“I’m what?”
“You’re Jesus, Miss. You die for our sins.”
“She’s more Jesus than Jesus!”

On achieving #lifegoals.

<Student pokes holes in the back of his notebook.>
“M—, you’re the worst.”
<Repeater student immediately leaps up.>
<Takes a lap around the room, giving handshakes and high-fives.>
“J—, what are you doing?”
“Finally, Miss! Finally, after over a year, someone else is the worst! It’s not me anymore!”

On summoning classmates.

“Miss, where’s Jake from State Farm?”
“I don’t know, I think you chased him off!”
“Jake from State Farm?”
“You know he always be wearin’ that red polo and khakis. And his name’s Jake.”
“Maybe if we sing the jingle, he’ll come.”
“All together, fam, all together!”
“Miss V, can we?”
“Um, okay.”
<Entire class sings.> “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!”
<Class looks at the door. No one shows up.>
“Maaan, that commercial’s a lie.”

On teamwork.

<One group was reluctant to present their answers that week, so one of my more enthusiastic students “encouraged” them.>
“You get up there. You a team, girl. There’s no I in team! But there is an M and an E sooooo…”

On the tempter archetype.

<Students are watching examples of archetypes in class as they take notes.>
“Miss, how come you used a lot of cartoons for this?”
“Well, the movie needed to be appropriate for school, and for this one, we used Hercules because I teach 14 year old boys, so I’m not going to play a clip for the “tempter” archetype with a real woman.”
“Why not?”
“Ooooo, boy, look at that. What’s her name?”
“Mm! She can Meg my day.”
“That’s why not.”

On contradictions in my personality.

<I look over a kid’s shoulder at the song he’s analyzing.>
“What? That’s a metaphor.”
“Yeah, it is. But I specifically told you not to bring trap music.”
“Look, Miss, you can’t just come over here while I’m doing my work with your giant skirt thing all pink and fluffy like some girl from my grandma’s day and expect me to know that you know what trap music is.”
“But I do.
“Look, just- pretend you’re my grandma and you think I actually like broccoli.”
“Nope, can’t do it.”
“Then change clothes.”
“You’re so difficult.”

On my levels of English nerd.

<Walking down the hallway, chatting with a former student during my off period, we run into another one.>
“Look, I’m just saying that you need to make better choices.”
“Yeah, but Miss-“
“You’re in danger of disappointing me, okay?”
<I side-hug the other student as she walks up.>
“And in case you didn’t know, my good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.”
“OH my God.”
“Nothing, you’re just the most English-nerdy English teacher in existence.”
“Didn’t you already know this?”
“Yeah, she has that tattoo…”
“The tattoo is almost cool. Quoting Mr. Darcy in normal life is not.”
“But you recognized it, in normal life.”
“It’s contagious. I’m infected. Tell my parents I love them after I die of shame.”
“Should I tell them that you could have easily forgiven my pride if it had not mortified yours?”
“Jesus STOP.”