If you haven’t (or you don’t have a thick skin) then you might not be able to appreciate just how funny kids can actually be. For those who can, this article should be a blast.
Reddit user moosepajamas asked:
Teachers of Reddit, what is the funniest thing you’ve ever heard a student say?
The answers could sometimes be insulting, sometimes silly, and sometimes downright baffling – just like kids themselves!
One time I was asking students their birthdays. One boy told me that his birthday was September 31st. I tried to explain that this was not possible, but he insisted. Later, I looked it up. I then informed him that his birthday was November 17th.
He looked at me kind of confused and said “ohhhh.” Then his face brightened and he said, “Well, last year I KNOW it was September 31st!”
I teach elementary band. One time we were preparing for a challenging playing test and a student said: “Man, I need to practice.”
Without missing a beat the kid next to him says “My mom says I need Jesus.”
Shown Up By A 5th Grader
Was tutoring after-school a couple years ago. A kid asked “What time is it?”
I joked “Time for you to get a watch.”
He responded “Time for you to get a new joke” without a moment’s hesitation.
I had to laugh at getting shown up by a 5th grader. Two reading levels behind but witty as hell.
I had a student who was a newcomer (just moved to the US, almost no English) from Latvia. This kid is very bright and was one of my favorite 6th graders ever. We were having our annual jogathon, which is linguistically and culturally not translatable from Latvian.
Student: “So I pay you and you make me run?”
Me: “Yeah, that’s actually how it goes.”
Student: “This is simple. I don’t pay you, you don’t make me run.”
Middle school field trip to a different state. One of the chaperones (a large black woman) wanted to get in a little nap in the back seat of the bus, so she made one of the students move to a seat in the front that was far from his friends. He got in the seat and started sulking. He was normally a pretty lively kid, so I leaned forward and asked what happened.
To which he replied: “I think I just got reverse Rosa Parks-ed!”
I teach sophomores. One day, this girl was sitting at her desk, looking very concerned, and obviously wanted to ask me something. Finally, she blurted out, “Did anybody else see the moon in the sky during lunch? It’s supposed to be out at night, something is wrong!”
Teacher to student: “Were you in class yesterday?”
Student, sounding more lost than anything and probably answering too honestly: “Physically… ?”
It wasn’t so much an attempt at humor as just the summation of how we all felt in that class, one of those “it’s funny because it’s too true” things… we all were showing up, we were all sitting in the class physically… but being there? That was another question…
First grade. 6 yr. old lil dude about 3 ft. tall and 80 lbs. walks in late from recess.
Me – “Why are you late?”
Kid – grabs his hunk of belly with both hands like a ball of cream cheese and says “The ladies love this!”
Sits down like nothing happen with no smile.
He asked me “If a synchronized swimmer starts drowning, do they all start drowning?”
I lost it in class.
It’s A Miracle
I teach high school, and one of my sophomores referred to merry-go-rounds as “miracle rounds”. He legit thought that’s what they were called 😂😂 I corrected him and he refused to believe me lol.
The Pizza Guy
I was sharing information about math in art to my students (they’re about 13 years old) and mentioned Leonardo da Vinci. A student said: “The pizza guy?”
I was confused, but later she said, “See! The pizza party!”
We were looking at The Last Supper.
“I thought Astronomy would be easy because I know all about it but he hasn’t even brought up horoscopes yet and we’re 6 weeks in.”
I teach band. One day I’m working with the high school jazz band and we’re going to start mapping out some basic compositions. I pass out blank sheet music for them to use, which is simply blank 5-line staves with no notes, no symbols, etc.
One kid gets his sheet music expecting it to be a new song we’re going to work on, sees that it’s blank, looks up and says “Wow, budget cuts must’ve hit us hard, huh?”
Math prof. I finished a proof and to check understanding, I asked “does everyone understand my choices?” One of my favorite students ever piped up and said “Are we talking about your proof or how you’ve chosen to live your life?”
Wore a Captain America shirt to school since the student council had a super hero day. A student said I looked like Captain America – before the super soldier injections.