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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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summertime, right?

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My tenth grade sophomores were writing an autobiographical essay inspired by a photo of themselves as a child. One boy asked, "If it's the year 2000, but it's summer, is that 1999?

I've got lots of these!!

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After a student had done a presentation for independent reading on Hamlet, another student (who to her credit, maybe, had just woken up) asked, "What country is Denmark in?"

Several other students answered, "England, stupid."

I was telling the story to the following class - you know, because I thought it was funny - and yet another student said, "Duh, Massachusetts."

I'm guessing none of them are doing very well in Geography class.

Good Luck with That

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The hook on a personal narrative:
When i get out of school i want to be a writar cause I'm god at it.

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[quote]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?[/quote]

I teach one period of

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I teach one period of Religion a day and we had talked about Abraham and the Covenant with God. The rest of the time I am the Music teacher. Later that day, for the same students, I played a famous piece of music and asked who knew the title, and a girl called out "Pomp and Circumcise!" And turned red as a beet.

I get this one all the time

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I get this one all the time from my seventh graders!

Technology in Education?

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My 7th grade language arts class was reviewing punctuation for the final exam, and the focus was on correcting run-on sentences. "Split into two sentences!" Yep. "Comma-conjunction!" Right. They knew there was a third one, but it had escaped them until one young lady called out, "Ooo! I know! It's that computer thingy!" We all looked at her, bewildered, until she explained her view of a semicolon, gesturing dramatically. "It's the Dot Com!"

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