Thursday, January 27, 2011


Ok. So, today class was about the census. While discussing how a country's population can grow, we talked about how the number of people born vs. the number of people dying equals either an increase or decrease in your population. This was a difficult concept for most of my students to get, thus making me reteach this over and over again. Finally, one of my students got it and you could almost see the light bulb come on in his head. Next:

Mr. H: Wow, it's like the room got brighter back here. (The students looked at me not getting my obvious reference to the light bulb) You know, like the light bulb came on in his in the cartoons.

7th graders (almost in unison): Oh!

Mr. H: Ok, glad you got that. (The class then continues for a few minutes..then this happens)

7th grade student: Mr. H, do we really have a light bulb in our head?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Well, we're back to school after a holiday break and basically a week off of school for snow/MLK day. Today, we were reading the newspaper in class. When the students were finished reading, they were to write a review of an article and then fold their papers back up. I had one student that didn't exactly jump on the whole fold your newspaper back up bandwagon. This is what happened:

Mr. H: Ok 7th grader, fold your newspaper up.

7th Grader: I can't...I'm claustrophobic.

Mr. H: What does that have to do with folding your paper?

7th Grader: Oh, I mean I've got arthritis.