Well, that's what my family says, at least!
Here's the proof:
That boy is bending over trying not to vomit ... it's not everyday we eat bugs in the United States, and our sensitive little palates are not very accustomed to the texture and taste of some critters.
So, when I offered EXTRA CREDIT to those students willing to give it a try, these boys jumped right on board. They were trying to stay out of summer school.
It was a funny day, I have video that I really need to make digital ... there were a few hurlers, but for the most part, the bugs stayed down and the kids got their extra credit.
And to my family that insists that I MADE them do it ... WHAT.EVER! (I see lots of smiles in that picture above, don't you?)
That day had to be in my top 5 of ALL TIME in the classroom, that class especially. I don't know what it was about those kids, but they won my heart over pretty quickly, and they liked me, too!
We had more fun trying to learn science than we probably should have. Thank heavens we were in a portable, or all of the teachers in the building would have been hating me. We were noisy, we were silly, we were having a great time, and somehow, we were still learning.
I see those "Skater Boys" in that picture and my heart is happy and sad. They were my favorite students of all my years of teaching. I really hate to admit that I had favorites, but those boys (despite the "D" grades they were earning in my class) were top on my list.
They came to my class, even though they were known to sluff some of their others. They ate lunch in my room. They were always willing to help with a lesson or demonstration. They were good kids, despite what everyone else might have thought.
A few years ago I was watching the news and learned that one of the boys in that picture died in a motorcycle accident. I cried, I cried for a while, I am crying while I type this. I hope he is at peace and I hope he left this world that way. Whether he knew it or not, he brought a great deal of joy into my life, my teaching career especially. He and his skater friends -
Sorry I made you eat bugs, but it saved you from Summer School!
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