It was the Friday before Christmas and this was a conversation that I had with one of my students
Student: What is this? (Holding up a picture of a Hanukkah candlestick)
Me: It’s a Hanukkah candlestick
Student: What does this have to do with Christmas?
Me: Hanukkah is a holiday that is celebrated around Christmas by some people
Student: People who don’t celebrate Christmas hate Jesus.
Me: That isn’t true. People can celebrate other holidays and not celebrate Christmas but that doesn’t mean they hate Jesus.
Student: Who celebrates Hanukkah?
Me: People of the Jewish religion.
Student: They hate Jesus.
Me: No, many of the Jewish people do not believe that Jesus is God.
Student: Well they killed Jesus..oh wait its ok they killed a white man.
Excuse me?!?! Being that this student is in the 5th grade, I am thinking there is only one place that I can think of that this is being said…in the home. I get that America hasn’t always treated people correctly but when can we get passed the past?? As a country, we have been trying to make up our mistreatment to the African Americans, Native Americans, Japanese Americans and who knows who else.. As one of the “white people”, I’ve not nothing against any of these groups of people. I do my best to show respect for everyone until they do something to lose my respect. As adults, it is our responsibility to teach the children to respect all ethnicities BUT the parents need to support this as well. I honestly am tired of hearing how racist white people are.
Today my students and I spent pretty much all day in the computer lab taking a test on math and reading that took most of the day. When I was grading the open ended responses, I had to laugh at some of the answers and plus share some of them with you! To keep the “integrity” of the test, I did change things around a little 🙂
Question: Compare 8.47 and 8.4
Answer #1: 8.47<8.4 8.4 is greater because the lower number is better. The higher the number the lost.
Answer #2: they are equal because you could just take away the 8 because you rounded it so it is equal
Answer #3 You cone compare it and it will be alot. like you can put eight and eight and fourty seven and four then you get the answer write or you can add it some more with it then it will be a big number
Answer #4 8.47 is because the more number behind the dot the shorter it is
Question: Bill runs 10.8 meters per second. Could he run 50 meters in 5 seconds?
Answer #1 No because thats fast but when he grows he will change speed limit
Answer #2 Bill try to run at the rate for 50 meters and 5 seconds. Bill try to be the home of 10.8 to 50 meter for 5 seconds
Answer #3 No because meters are quit short or long thats unless he is fast and good at running
Answer #4 No because Bill is going to get very tired before he even gets to the end of 5 seconds
Answer #5 I don’t no if Bill is going to run the 50 meter dash in 5 seconds he probley needs to practice alot
I know the answers are misspelled but I thought it would be funnier to leave it like they students wrote it. I do hope you have had a good laugh. They lightened up my day!
So this past week I was attempting to have a discussion with my student about famous Native Americans. I asked them if they knew the names of any famous Native Americans. My students started calling out names like George Washington, Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr. The only thing I could do was laugh and prod their minds to point them in right direction 🙂