Children have their own unique way of understanding instructions. Sometimes, one has to descend to their level when communicating.
Children understand and process language(s) literally. They obviously don’t have time for in-depth analysis of spoken or written words.
When dealing with children, one has to be extremely smart and careful not to misunderstand them. Some of their responses, which seems weird, actually makes a lot of sense after careful analysis.
Below are funny conversations in the classroom between teachers and pupils:
1. TEACHER: Goerge, go to the map and find North America.
GEORGE: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
2. TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using the tables.
3. TEACHER: Diana, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
DIANA: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
4. TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD: H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.
5. TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
6. TEACHER: Rebecca, why do you always get so dirty?
REBECCA: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.
7. TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘ I. ‘
MILLIE: I is…
TEACHER: No, Millie…… always say, ‘I am.’
MILLIE: All right… ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet’
8. TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Ben, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
BEN: Because George still had the axe in his hand……
9. TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.
10. TEACHER: Tony, your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
Tony: No sir, It’s the same dog.
11. TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher