A Very Merry Birthday

Note to self: students remember everything you tell them.

In the first week of school, one of my seventh graders came up after school to talk to me. She wanted to get to know me a little better, and so she came equipped with a number of questions:
“Where did you go to school?”
“What is your favorite color?”
“What is your favorite food?”
“What is your favorite TV show.”
“When is your birthday.”
I answered all her questions and thought nothing more about it.

A few months later, in the middle of class, she announces “Ms. C, did you know your birthday is the day after Ms. H’s?”
The lecture fizzled as I turned to ask “How did you know when my birthday was?!”
Another student pipes up: “Oh, Ms. C! I googled you!”
My face turned bright red (tomato red is a pretty good estimate) as I tried to process the fact that my students were… googling me?
The kids started laughing at me, so I started laughing, and they kept laughing, so I couldn’t stop laughing until finally I ran for the door to my classroom.
I stood outside the door, trying to compose myself when my boss happened to walk by and see me standing there, shaking with laughter.
“Um, Ms. C? Why are you standing outside of your classroom?”
“I was being disruptive!”


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