Most times, I totally love my job. I love feeling like I'm actually making a difference in the lives of students. I love teaching things that they care to learn about, rather than quadratic equations.
Most days are good. For me, bad days at work mean that I have a quiet class. And even on those days, typically there is at least one class that interacts.
For the curious ones out there, I am a "risk-avoidance" educator. Basically, I get paid to talk about sex. All.Day.Long.
We teach abstinence. Not just from sexual activity, but all risky behaviours such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
This post isn't to argue about safe sex vs. abstinence, but, rather to share in the innocence of my students.
Many times, I have to actually turn away to avoid laughing at their questions. Sometimes, I don't even make it all the way around before losing it. It's a topic that the students are curious about, and more times than not, they have no idea what the truth of the matter is.
So, sit back, grab some goodies (I suggest double stuf oreos or half baked ice cream), and enjoy some conversation from my students.
"I heard if you eat salad, it will kill your baby." -Girl, 7th grade
"So, when you eat an egg, are you performing a chicken abortion?" -Boy, 7th grade
"How do doctors do abortions? Do they just hit the woman on the stomach with a big hammer?" -Boy, 7th grade
"So, if the baby can hear inside the womb, should you be careful not to say cuss words around the stomach?" -Boy, 9th grade
"I think women are like fine wines. I want to sample each one." -Boy, 9th Grade
"Is that why babies speak babble first? Because they can't clearly hear in the womb?" -Girl, 9th Grade
"So, you're telling me there's absolutely no way for a boy to have a baby?" -Boy, 6th grade
"If someone has an STD then they're a hippie?" -Boy, 7th grade
"My dream is to never get married and have 50 cats." -Girl, 6th grade
"Is Brett Favre your husband?" -Boy, 7th grade
"Wait. What's abstakence?" -Boy, 7th grade