A bit of humor from the teacher’s desk:
- A piece of paper falls off the wall that is part of a larger quote. The result? “…be afraid to go out onto the streets and into public places like the first apostles who preached Christ and the good news of salvation in the squares of cities, towns, and villages.” A little different than what I was going for! Also, my room was used for the past two days for junior testing. I don’t have juniors ever. Now I have effectively misrepresented JP2 to young minds for hours. Gahh!
- “Do you guys know what a relic is?”
“Like what you put on a hot dog?”
- Summarize Judges 15: “…he killed a thousand men with the jawbone of a monkey.”
- “So the book is saying to be truly happy you have to suffer.”
- Maybe these are only slightly frustrating because I don’t know how to answer them. But students seem to be enthralled by questions like, “So…is that person in Hell?” “What kind of magic did Simon the Magician use? Was it black magic? Or devil magic? Or what?” “What do you think about the Illuminati?”
When teaching high schoolers you also begin to become much more aware of what you’re saying and how it sounds. I’m definitely not perfect in this yet but it is a work in progress. Like today when I was talking about the stoning of St. Stephen, I tried to avoid saying that “Stephen got stoned.” Which was much harder than I expected.