I don't usually post stories about kids, but I couldn't resist telling this one from today. I spent four periods in a sixth grade language arts classroom today with an amazing colleague, as we prepared her students for a Save the Last Word listening and speaking activity. Every time I do this, I always start with asking students about their own lives - how they use speaking and listening as a kid. We get all sorts of answers - from talking to parents, teachers, and friends to ordering food at a restaurant or translating from English to Spanish or visa versa. This is the first year, however, that we had a few students tell us that one of the ways they use their speaking skills is to just be annoying.
You could tell that these two kiddos thought their answer was hilarious as they slapped each other a high five and went on and on about how they wanted to just be annoying . . . I will decline to comment on this except to say that we did our best to move on and ignore the behavior.
But when it came down to discussing how these lists would change in ten years, one of their witty female classmates countered them quickly. She raised her hand properly, and when called on, she responded, "Maybe when we are twenty-one we can take 'be annoying' off the list because by that time we would have matured."
I don't think she realized how funny my colleague and I thought this was because she wasn't laughing, but inside I chalked one up for her, smiled, and thanked her for her answer.