Student: Why did you give me an “F?”
Teacher: I couldn’t give you a “G.” I saw this written as a joke years ago and never found it, but I just had to share.
One day a student decided that making a wisecrack was the appropriate means of responding to me. I answered, “A smart mouth does not make a smart man.”
Last week I gave specific directions about an assignment. The student looked into my face, smiled and asked me, “What were the directions again?” I silently stared at him for a few seconds.
“What did I say to do?” He repeated them word for word. “Then do what I said.” He left the room.
“What’s the homework assignment?” a student asks. Never mind the fact that I request that they write their assignments in their daily planners. It’s too much work.
I point to my whiteboard. “What’s written on the board?” I respond. She leaves.
Sometimes the best response is a silent look. It’s not “the look” that impales the recalcitrant with fear, but we’ll call it “the look’s” little sister, just for kicks.