They said what?!

For those of you who don't know I teach high school kids, and quite often I am blown away by the things they say and do.  So here are two examples from Friday last week that had me laughing, because laughter is the only way to get through this job some days.

1. I told a kid to kid the f5 key to refresh his computer browser because it was frozen.  He said "this ain't working Mrs. G"  I come over and he is literally hitting the F key and then the number 5. 

Minutes later a girl does the same thing after my co-teacher told her to hit f5, as she begins to complain very loudly her friend responds...

 "Hit the f5 key dummy"

     She yells back

"I AM"

 "NO you are hitting F and then 5, hit the f5 at the top"  


     "Oh my gosh you are such an idiot"

Now I should not have been surprised.  These kids come from low income families, and many of them don't have access to a computer at home.  So I was wrong in assuming that they would know the f5 key, but I did think they they had a computer class in middle school. 

2.  Now onto my 11th & 12th graders.  I had a class period that very seriously thought that dragons are real.  We had just watched the Jesus Christ lizard which runs across water, very cool.  We were talking about the properties of water, and just finished cohesion so I wanted to end with something fun on a Friday.  Somehow that got us onto the topic of dragons, they thought since dinosaurs are real dragons must be real too.  We got that straightened out thank goodness - hopefully. I am not sure that all of them were convinced.