I am the poster child for phrases and comments you should not really say to students, but sometimes…it happens. So, for a little giggle and to know you are not the only one, here are some comments I have heard before that came out wrong or should have been thought through a bit more beforehand.
- “Don’t make my life hard” (According to my kids this is my motto)
- “And…you bettered my life by telling me that…how?”
- “GO AWAY!”
- “I will roundhouse kick you into your seat if you don’t sit down!”
- “I will eat your soul for breakfast with strawberries and skim milk.”
- “You kill me…”
- “No I don’t want kids right now, you all remind me of that daily.”
- “Shut your face.”
- “This class will be the reason I go back to journalism.”
- “Now, I know you are not that stupid…”
- “It’s a good thing you’re cute.”
I like to think of this as being “real” with my students. I sit on a desk, look them straight in their little faces and I say what is on my mind and level with them so they know I am serious.
My students love me for my sarcastic and witty personality, but at the end of the day, I build relationships with my students before allowing them to get to know the real me. I want them to know that even when I am sarcastic and giving them a hard time, I care about them and am just getting my point across in a joking manner…AKA “Middle School Kid Speak”.
I am not saying to start off this way with students. You need to see what your student base is like to decide what will make them appreciate you as an educator and friend more. Older students need to build that trust with you. You need to earn that “street cred” as one might say.
For all teachers, my one tip I have learned is: Be “real” and level with your kids, especially if you work at a rougher school. These kids need to know you see them as a person, not that you think you are better than them because you are an adult.
At the end of the day, each and every one of my students know I love them and support them. They know I care about how they do in class, school, how they are feeling, and most importantly….they know that I care about them as a little individual and see them as something more than a silly kid.