I encountered a word the other day that I simply must start using. It’s in The Story of Doctor Dolittle, which I’m reading with my second graders. The word is: cheeky.
My students can be very cheeky. Currently, I tell them to stop being smart alecs (my mom’s term), but “cheeky” sounds much better.
Examples of my students’ cheekiness:
- My students love high chews (a fruit flavored chewy candy). They like to save the wrappers and keep them in their desks. They trade them like baseball cards. I find them all over the place. One day, feeling frustrated with the situation, I burst out, “Where are all these high chews coming from?” One boy answers, “From the store.”
- My students were labeling a map of Antarctica, and I had written what they should label on the board. One girl came up to me, and said, “I can’t find the Transarctic Mountains. I found the Transantarctic Mountains.” I went up to the board and fixed my spelling error.
See what I mean? They’re so cheeky!
Of course, if they are, it is entirely my fault. They learned it from me.
- Student: “When are we getting our book reports back?” Me: “When I’m done grading them.”
- Student: “When are we going outside? Me: “When we’re done with our work.”
- Student: “Can you sharpen my pencil?” Me: “I can.” (Pause) Student: “Will you sharpen my pencil?” Me: “Sure!”
- Students: “Spider!” (totally freaking out). Me: (Smoosh spider with foot.) “What spider?” Students: “You just stepped on it!” Me: “What are you talking about? There was no spider. You’re imagining things. Get back to work.”
So I guess I have no one to blame but myself.
It’s just part of how I like to be playful with my students. Sometimes I get annoyed when they give back to me what I dish out to them, but then I smile and marvel at how bright and witty they are.
My students are amazing.