If you ever find yourself teaching a room full of 6th graders, here’s some advice for you. I’m just trying to help you out here. In a room full of people that age -well, any age really, but in particular that age – certain sounds tend to come out of their bodies randomly. Oh sure, many more professional experienced teachers would ignore the sounds, but I can’t for two reasons… 1) the whole class is already responding, and 2) I think the sounds are funny.
So over the past few weeks this one boy has been burping a lot in class. Fortunately, that’s all he’s doing (as far as I can tell). And being a 6th grade boy, when he burps, people notice.
Since I’m the one in charge of the class (supposedly; I mean, my name is on a sign near the door), I feel that some sort of comment on my part is called for. So I did the only smart thing – I blamed the girl sitting next to him. I can’t think of too many more funny things than blaming the sweet, cute girl sitting next to the 6th grade guy when he burps.
It got even funnier when she slid her chair back a little (probably to escape the guy), and the chair made some sounds, which didn’t sound too good for her. So I blamed her for that too, and told her that from now on, I’d rather that she not eat on Tuesdays at all, until after my class was over. She then told me she had to eat breakfast, because breakfast was the most important meal of the day. To which I said, “Well, clearly that’s not working out very well for the rest of us.” HA HA HA
So if you ever find yourself in charge (allegedly) of a class full of 6th graders, anytime anything comes up (as it were), my advice is to blame the girl. I’m not saying follow that rule in other areas of life; don’t just go around blaming the girls or women in your life for whatever comes up, as it were. I’m just saying that it’s pretty funny, in this particular setting, to blame the girl for any and all gastrointestinal issues.
(For more gross humor, please see my post from March 16 of last year. I’m very much into the whole concept of blaming others whenever possible).