Quotes from a 3rd Grade Class: unwarranted questions


Harley Classe

In this weekly column, senior Harley Classe talks about her experiences as a third grade teacher.

Harley Classe, Editor-In-Chief

“Are you pregnant?”

Don’t worry, the kids did not ask me this… but they did ask another teacher this question.

Every month or so, the students get to spend 30 minutes with the guidance counselor to go over the monthly social intelligence lesson.

At the end of the most recent lesson, as the guidance counselor was leaving, one of the students blurted out the question. Are you pregnant?

I didn’t even know what to say. The counselor was actually pregnant, but this isn’t a question you’re usually supposed to ask someone.

She just laughed and simply answered the question before walking out the door.

I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it again. One of the biggest things with teaching is expecting the unexpected and keeping an open mind, especially when it comes to unwarranted questions.

Kids are kids, and you never stop learning. Sometimes what we as adults understand, kids don’t quite get yet.

It is our job as teachers to help our students learn both socially and academically. Sometimes, this means incorporating small life lessons into your daily routine.

It is in moments like this that these short life lessons become necessary. Not only will it benefit the students academically, but also leave a lasting impact on their lives. That’s just how it is.