There’s no question that teaching has changed over the past year, and in ways no one really wanted or planned for. Just like parents prefer their kids be in school all day, for myriad reasons, so would teachers prefer to be in the same space with the students they’re instructing.
That said, many are having to adjust to life over Zoom. If there’s an upside, it is, as always, the inherent humor – and these 13 teachers How 14 “Different” Kids Earned Their Reputations having some one-liners that are definitely going to crack you up.
13. The whole first week back after the holidays is just shot.
Might as well just roll with it.
Similar thing with year 8 yesterday, ask if they've got any questions?
"Miss can I show you the lego I got for Christmas?"
— Lostbrain (@Lostbrain15) January 13, 2021
12. You’re going to need to be more specific.
Even if that might not work, either.
11. That’s what we all want to know.
Home is such a complicated thing these days.
One thing I adore about teaching 6 year olds is when they raise their hand during a Zoom math lesson, while sitting at their own kitchen table, and ask, “Is it almost time to go home?”
— Michelle 🍎 (@michelleDbelle) September 3, 2020
10. An observant child.
Tell me she was wrong.
Me a few weeks ago— (on a rant about rule of law, norms and restraint)
Kid on Teams— “Mr. Kiernan, you didn’t have your coffee this morning, huh?”
Me— “Huh? Why you say that?”
Him— “Your coffee thing behind you has no water in it and you seem mad.” pic.twitter.com/iaeKB5qLiF
— Matthew Kiernan (@kujonicus) January 13, 2021
9. This is why they got into teaching.
Because kids are actually the best.
The best is when they raise a hand to ask a question but what they say is “I have a dog” …. kids are the best
— lo lo (@LorianTuBooks) January 13, 2021
8. The children, they are learning.
Cats are the way to go.
Last night I got "would you like to see my cat"
Yes that is how you derail one of my lessons, I always want to see the cat.
— Adela Terrell PG Dip (@Adela_Terrell) January 13, 2021
7. These teachers really need to start asking better questions.
Not so open-ended, maybe, but then we wouldn’t be laughing!
In my 4yo’s JK class the teacher finished the activity about the letter G & asked if anyone had questions. One kid yells, “BUT LIKE, HOW DO COWS MAKE ICE CREAM ANYWAY?!” It was hilarious!
— Andrea Miller (@andrearows) January 13, 2021
6. That will take up half the class.
But you just can’t ignore it.
My Year 6s have figured out how to change their backgrounds on video… So if I don’t start the lesson by explicitly commenting on each of their backgrounds, in the middle of teaching the chat box would be filled with, “Miss, can you see horses? What about Mars, Miss?” 🥲
— N | (@lemimi29) January 13, 2021
5. The answer to that question is obviously always yes.
Dogs aren’t as good as cats, maybe, but they’re still pretty good.
Me: Alright, friends! Your job now is to work on independent reading and your SeeSaw activities. What questions do you have before we go?
S: “I was just thinking, and it’s kind of funny, but when you think about it, I was just wondering — could we see your dog?”
— liv (@Espressno) January 13, 2021
4. You can always count on kids to ask the real questions.
Don’t lie. You want to know the answer, too.
Students had a zoom call with a NASA employee today- one kid had his hand raised the whole time.
When the call ended he was near tears, his question unanswered.
I asked him for what it was & I’d send an email.
He wanted to know where farts went in space and if you could see them.
— your favorite pagan (@ashbazile) December 17, 2020
3. The description of the breath. Hahaha!
Those elusive cats, always messing up school!
"Why don't you have a cat? Do you have a dog? I have a cat it's name is mittens and her breath smells like fish and biscuits. Let me show you." *disappears for 10 minutes to find said cat* pic.twitter.com/8bacRbU4aZ
— alice (@alice_shutts) January 13, 2021
2. It’s nice that someone is looking out for you.
Bless her little caring heart.
I teach 4 year olds and this morning I was doing the calendar and one of them raised their hands so i answered her “yes ma’am?” And she goes: “Can I see if you have shiny clean teeth?” 😂 and the same girl every morning asks me if I ate breakfast 🥺💖
— ً (@TykeiraXO) January 13, 2021
1. Are they just stalling?
It’s hard to tell, because it’s a legitimate question.
bless the teachers who wrangle kids' questions over Zoom, including,
"Why is it called Kentucky Fried Chicken if they didn't fry it in Kentucky?"*
*an actual question from my 6th grader's math class
— Kelly Knox (@kelly_knox) December 7, 2020
Kids really do say the darnedest things, and I love when people share them!
If you’re a teacher (or a parent with a kid on Zoom), what’s the funniest thing you’ve heard through the screen? Share it with us in the comments!