Occasionally, I give the students a few minutes to work on a written activity. One time, as I went around the room, I noticed one girl copying another girl's answers. (Side note- girl 1 is copying girl 2 and girl 2 supposedly has an IEP for a learning disability, but in my class she's a genius so... I'm pretty sure they should evaluate girl 1. Anyway, what do I know.) I walked over and calmly told girl 1 "Dasha, I'd rather you try it yourself and get it wrong than copy hers because you won't learn it this way."
Dasha: "She's helping me." (Girl 2 hasn't said a word.)
Me: Why don't you ask her to explain it to you?
Dasha (screaming and frazzled): "I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT OKAY JUST MOVE OUT LET ME KNOW FIGURE IT AND HER HELP ME."
Me (thinking): Maybe she won't be crazy tomorrow.
I have 10 or so male students that tower over me. Tower. The tallest is 6' 8" ... seriously. One time, we were playing jeopardy, and I saw his hand go up first so I called on him. A kid from the other team yelled, "That aint fair- he got a 20 foot wingspan." - I always giggle inside when one of these guys quietly answers a questions "yes, ma'am." Sweet.
Kyle: "Mrs. Cook, how old were you when you got married?"
Britanya: "Seriously? Girl, she say she 22 when she got married" (not sure who she was talkin' to)
Kyle: "Do you have a kid?"
Britanya: She aint no baby momma but i thought you was at first
Kyle: "oh, i just never heard of no one gettin married at 22 without a baby."
Brianna: "Miss Cook, I just gotta tell you I was wit this guy and he wasn't my boyfriend but now he is and we going out to dinner and i just wanted to tell you." Melts your heart. I love teenagers!
Me: "Have fun. Be safe. I still get excited when my husband asks me out on dates."
Brianna (in that indescribable high school girl tone):aawwwww