One of the most fantastic things about teaching middle schoolers, especially seventh graders, is watching their sense of humor develop. Suddenly they understand sarcasm and the importance of listening to a person’s tone and inflection. Life becomes so much more entertaining.
For instance, when the students come up with silly questions, or questions with obvious answers:
“Ms. C, do we have a test today?!” *note that test dates are posted on the white board for everyone to see at lest five days previously
“Well, you have a test today.”
“Mmhmm, just you, no one else.”
“Wha-! Oh, hahaha, thanks Ms. C.”
It’s even funnier when they just don’t understand:
“Ms. C! I’m so sad! You’re not calling on me and I know the answer!”
“Yeah, it is sad.”
“Ms. C! I’m going to CRY!”
“Well, cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.”
The rest of the class howled with laughter while the student looked at me with a confused look.
“Ms. C, I… I don’t get it…..”
Try explaining something like that to a class of seventh graders.