Students Say the Darndest Things- Vol 10

It has been a while since I posted another edition of “Students Say the Darndest Things.” (If you want to catch up, you can find past volumes here.) As a result of my own children getting older and working with other educators around the world, the next edition in the series was born.

  1. Honesty

3rd grader: “Coloring isn’t my specialty.”

T: “What is your specialty?”

3rd Grader: “Asking for things.”


Me: “Do you know anyone who’s deaf?”
Kid: “Yeah, my dad is! I have to yell at him to get up and he just doesn’t listen!!”

2. Life-Lesson

While playing a card game I struggled to remember the rules. After being politely reminded numerous times by a sweet boy, he finally turned to me and said “Listen, I can’t do it for you.”

3. Song Lyrics

While discussing a story about a widow woman I wanted to ensure the new word “widow” would be remembered, so I asked students towards the end of the story for its meaning. A boy shouts out: Do you know what widow means?
Black widow baby!

4. Borrowed from a mom Facebook group

Mom: “I am 24 years old, is that a lot?”

4 yo: “Whoa, if you put that many hamburgers in a bag, they wouldn’t fit!”

5. Borrowed from the New Teacher Facebook group

This past week talking about veterans:

Kid 1: “Aren’t they the ones who eat all their vegetables?”

Kid 2: “No they are the ones who take care of your pets”


Let me preface this by saying I had a cold all week…

I got a message from a parent that one of my students was playing “school” and she overheard the student say: “Okay class (clears her throat) my voice is a little off today so bear with me.”


Teacher: “R, what’s a animal that starts with sk? It’s kinda small and black, has a white stripe?”


Me: “I swear, it’s like talking to walls sometimes.”
Child: “You’re not talking to walls, you’re talking to the board…”

What funny things have your students said?

About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.