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Eric Brunsell Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

One year in a freshman physical science class, we were discussing a close approach of an asteroid. At the time, the news was reporting that the asteroid would come as close as 240,000 miles to the earth (the estimate changed quickly to a much larger distance). I put this in perspective by saying that this was about the same as the distance between the earth and moon...

"What would happen if it hit the moon," one student asked, "would it destroy the moon?"

"Well, then, instead of a full moon, we would have two halves," I jokingly responded.

"But, if the moon was destroyed, we wouldn't have nighttime." stated a third student. OOPS.

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The second is better, but not one I heard first hand. Since this forum is based on a NSFW Twitter meme related to stuff my dad says, I thought it was appropriate to share -

My dad was a 7th grade life science teacher. During a discussion of characteristics of cephalopods, one student said, "An octopus has eight testicles." And yes, this was in front of a class of 30 middle school students...

Perhaps we could add a "bad science joke" discussion thread too?

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They asked that on a test??

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One of my students approached me during the standardized testing and asked, "What's an orgasm?" I checked her book, and the question was about an organism. Guess we'll spend more time on decoding in reading.

6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

A Compliment?

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Student 1: Ms. Saunders! You look like you're in your 30's. You look way younger than 42.

Ms. Saunders: Thank you!

Student 2: Wow, you're as old as my grandmother.

Ms. Saunders: Oh. That's nice. (Yikes!)

Student 3: (mumbles something)

Student 1: Yes, doesn't she look young!

Student 3: I didn't say she looked young!!!

Community College

We're Different and All the Same

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Early in my career as a Kindergarten teacher, I was standing at the door greeting the students and welcoming to the their first day of Kindergarten! A little boy introduced himself as Teddy and proceeded to say, "Good morning, I'm Teddy, and the hat on my head is called a Yamika, it is a hat that Jewish people wear, I'm Jewish. But when we open up our chest, our heart beats all the same, just like other people!" I knew at that moment that Teddy would be a catalyst for change and that our cultural units would be rich with experience!

I am an aspiring teacher,

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I am an aspiring teacher, parent and committed feminist in a very conservative community. I sub in my daughter's small K-8 school and most of the kids know me and my daughter in and out of the school. One very astute 2nd grader asked where my wedding ring was. "Oh, I'm not married," I replied. "Well then," she asked, "How did you ever manage to have a baby?"

8th grade science teacher

Solar System

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Reviewing for a test on the solar system in my 8th grade classeroom I was asking various students questions about the planets. After a while I asked the class which planets we humans could potentially live on. Student after student offered all the physical problems we would suffer on each of the planets, which we were compiling on the board. One of the more quiet girls raised her hand and I called on her. "OK, so we have all these other planets in the solar system and we can't live on ANY of them?" Pointing to the list on the board I summed it up saying, "Nope. There is something wrong with every other planet. We might possibly be able to build a colony on Mars in the distant future, but that will take amazing technology and years to get ready." She shook her head and announced "Well then, what did we make them for if we weren't going to be able to live there?"

Dairy Products and Pluralization

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One day in Spanish I, we were talking about food vocabulary. One student raises their hand and says, "Is bacon a dairy product?" - REALLY?

To top it off, the same class period, a freshmen asked, "So if a word has an -s on the end, that -s stands for singular right?"

Peaceful Sounds and Skin Colors

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2 quick shares:

To open a yoga class with 4 & 5 year olds, I asked them to name a sound that helped them to feel peaceful. A four year old girl charismatically replied, "Ooh-La-Lah."

Years ago, teaching dance during college years in Alabama, a 5 year old African American student said, "My momma says my skin is like chocolate." A Caucasian girl checked out the skin on her arm and said, "Well, that must make me vanilla!"

On a recent standardized

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On a recent standardized test, one 5th grade student wrote..."One advantage for Native Americans living on the Plains was that they had lots of hores there." I just hope he knew they had "horses" as well!

Funny !!!

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Funny !!!

Current Events

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Last summer I was teaching 5th graders in summer school. The morning after Michael Jackson died I overheard a conversation:
"He died and then they arrested him!!!"
(remember, they reported he died of a cardiac arrest...)

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