My mother used to call it “being smart,” and my uncle used to call it “being ugly,” but no matter what you call it, “back-talk” is just a part of growing up. As we grow older, it turns into sarcasm and a lot of us never seem to outgrow this particular habit – even if it means we could get in a lot of trouble at work or in our relationships. But when you’re young enough, the line between being snarky and misunderstanding the question can be pretty vague. Ask a group 7-year-olds to “write 15 lines about the story” in their notebook, and more than half of the class will just fill an entire page with horizontal lines.
TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell “crocodile?”
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong.
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to 0.
TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.
TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with “I.”
MILLIE: I is.
TEACHER: No, Millie. Always say, “I am.”
MILLIE: Alright. “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”
TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.
TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
CLYDE: No, sir. It’s the same dog.
TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher.
What do you do in a situation like this? You can’t outright laugh – they did answer exactly the question that the teacher answered, but they do need to learn how to infer what the conversation is about! This can get tough for younger kids, but I’m sure that they all learned soon enough! These jokes always make me laugh because these answers are just SO like kids!
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