When dealing with students you have to be prepared for anything. I arrive at school and I am greeted with 'MIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!'. That's my cue to smile and ask 'yes?'. The answer to my smile is usually some major drama:
- I have to print and printer is not working! (When did you send it? Give it a minute, look now it's working! You just need to be patient)
- I MUST READ THE LATEST JOHN GREEN BOOK! (Yes well, you and the entire grade level would like to do the same, tell me your name and I'll add you to the waiting list)
- I need a quick book for my next lesson (Here's an awesome book about two young paranormal detec...oh you don't want that? Sorry? No sweetie that's a TV show)
- Can I check this book? (Yes of course! What's your last name?)
- Miss did you ran out of batteries? (Yes...wait what?)
This particular question "Miss did you ran out of batteries?" had to do with the fact that there was a 10 liter bottle of water filled to the top with batteries, used batteries that we were then gonna take to the supermarket where they had a bigger bin to recycle them.
Today I'll be discussing some of the things students have told me over the years, from the hilarious ones to the cheeky ones.
The grade level that is always part of my funny stories are usually EC3, which has all the 3 year olds. One of my favourite anecdotes has to be the time I told a kid that we do not eat books. Another time, they were playing Bugs and Buttons on the iPad (where you defend your food from bugs that want to eat your food) and one of them shouted: HOW DARE YOU EAT OUR YUMMY PIZZA!?!?
There's always the times where you wonder what is going through kids head or you're afraid as to what are they seeing! My library has enough scary stories to keep me away from it late at night, one time a three year old sat in the tiny rocking chair and read a book to the wall, yup she read the entire thing to the wall, even pointed out at pictures to emphasize her story.
There's always the clueless little dudes who have been taught to be polite when speaking to an adult:
- Hello Ms. Tina. What is your name? (2nd grade interviewing the library staff)
- GOOD MORNING! (Said with a proud smile! The 3 year olds had been told, they have to say 'thank you' after I hand them in their books)
- MY BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP! (Cool! When is it? and like every other 3 year old, he truthfully answered I don't know)
- Miss is the library open? (No I am just sitting here with all the lights on and all the doors open cause I felt like it...)
Of course we also have the melodramatic kids:
Kid1 has being choosing books for the last 5 minutes, Kid2 chose his books in about a minute and has already checked it out.
Kid2: *standing at the door* Hurry uuuuuppp
Kid1: *pays no attention to kid2*
Kid2: I am leaving!! I am gonna go play all by myself....all alone...
Kid2: *walks up to Kid1* Can we go now???
And we can never forget about our creative students,
'I am Little Red Riding Hood, I am wearing a black cape since I don't own a red one, but I'm still Little Red Riding Hood'
or the cheeky ones,
'Miss is the noise level bothering you or the stuff we are discussing' (oh 12th graders…)
and most of all, I love the ones that break into a song mid sentence and make me feel like I am part of a musical…
'Miss! You have a Lego lanyard!
Everything is awesome!
Everything is cool when you're part of a team!
Everything is awesome when we're living our dream...'