When I was in middle school, I will admit it - I was silly. There was actually a club called the “Spaz Club", which my friends and I made up (I was vice-president though we didn’t every hold actual meetings that I remember!) I had an interesting fashion sense, as many of my peers did: think pegged jeans - folded over and fastened with safety pins to make them skinnier, tucked inside socks. It was a good look.
We had competitions in class to see who would dare to say “penis” louder. Somehow, it was hilarious to say that word. I’m sure we did and said things that our teachers laughed, cringed, or shook their heads at. There may have been also things that they were pleasantly surprised at hearing.
Though times have changed, the quintessential middle school student sense of humor and honesty has not. These overheard comments are what make them cute, lovable, and obnoxious all at the same time:
Student A: “There is NO hope.”
Student B: “Good that you are realizing this now.”
Writing prompt, by a student for Creative Writing Club: “Write about the adventures of Spongebob and his pals”
Me to student during marshmallow-burning experiment: You've never had a S’more?
Student (who is Cambodian): Nah, I’m black!
Me: What do you mean?
Student: I’m black. That’s white food.
After sharing highs and lows of winter break in advisory where my co-teacher says she saw her sister-in-law, who is pregnant, a student says, “Oh yeah, I know ALL about that process. My mom told me everything. Want me to tell you?” (I said no)
“Why is there no ‘social’ in social studies?”
“Dude, we’re at the anus table.” from a student in science class, laughing in that dorky middle school way. As I look around I see each table is labeled with a step in the digestive system. And he is, indeed, at the table labeled "anus".
Gotta love middle school.
I'll keep compiling for a future post. In the meantime, what are you favorite overheard comments by students?