:: As my students were lining up the other day, one of my traditionally quiet male students approached another girl and tapped her shoulder. "Do you have a phone?" Taken aback, she replied, "Huh?" Holding up and pointing at his phone, the boy repeated, "Do you have a phone?" The girl answered in the affirmative. He followed with a suave, "Can I have your number?"
...meanwhile, I'm at my desk pretending not to listen but totally beaming.
:: While working on introductory clauses, my students developed sentence-starters that the rest of the class had to finish. For example, "Since I stopped brushing my teeth, " or "Before I noticed the gawking man,". They were all working with the same beginnings, but finishing them according to their fancy. After a couple minutes, I heard a student bellow, "Nick! You can't finish all your sentences with, 'Todd is gay!'" And sure enough, his friend has scribbled that intellectually stimulating phrase at the end of every sentence. ["Since I stopped brushing my teeth, Todd is gay. Before I noticed the gawking man, Todd is gay."]
:: I have one student that stops by my classroom at the end of every school day to say bye. I'll be sifting through homework, or drafting a lesson, when my door will swing open. He gives me a quick, frantic wave and yells, "Bye Mrs. Gull!" And it just about saves my day, every day.
:: And the kicker. On Thursday I opened my email to see the subject header, "Abstinence." Dreading the potential direction this correspondence could take, I opened it. One of my female students was wondering how to make up her, "abstinence" in my class. I thought about responding, "I'd rather you didn't make it up, actually, as I promote abstinence in the classroom." I'm just going to assume she wrote that after downing some Nyquil?