February Funnies from the Secondary Smorgasbord - Room 213

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February Funnies from the Secondary Smorgasbord

I'm linking up with the gals from Desktop Learning Adventures and The ELA Buffet to share some funny stories from our classrooms.

Having taught high school for twenty years or so, there have been many funny moments, but one of the funniest happened just after Christmas break this year.

I had a twelfth grade student named Donald. You know Donald.  He's a hockey jock.  He wears the ever-present ball cap on top of his lovely mullet.  He never has his work done, but he always has a smart answer.  Despite this, he's loveable and fun to have around.

The first day after break he appeared with his arm in a sling.  He had arrived late, as usual, and when I asked him what happened, he announced to the class, "I had to have surgery on my labia."

"Um, are you sure? " I asked, trying my best not to burst out laughing.

"Yeah, Mrs. C., I did.  I tore my labia playing hockey."

I'm not sure who was suppressing the laughter more, me or the two girls beside me. "Donald, honey," I said.  "Unless there's something you've been hiding from us, I don't think you tore your labia."

He looked at me like I'm crazy, and I told him to get out his phone, and look up labia.  He did.  He snorted with glee and exclaimed, "Right again, Mrs. C!"   As he swaggered back to his desk, many of the boys were also looking up the term, while the girls collapsed in a fit of giggles.

In the end, we found out that Donald had torn his labrum, and the whole class had gotten an anatomy lesson in English class.


  1. Jackie, I want Donald in MY class! This is a classic! Thanks for the laugh!

  2. Winner! That's hilarious. Surprised you could keep a straight face. Thanks for sharing that gem!
    Pam =D
    Desktop Learning Adventures

    1. Oh, there was no keeping a straight face!

  3. I think I would have turned several shades of red and pink, but that is so funny! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  4. Jackie,
    I commend you on making the most of a teachable moment--STEM at its finest!!! Thanks for the laugh! :)

  5. Thank goodness for cell phones. I wouldn't have wanted to explain that to him. I try to keep my cool when answering "sex" related questions or misconceptions, but sometimes you just have to laugh. Once a student asked me if it was possible to have a double baby, you know, get pregnant while pregnant.
    Brynn Allison
    The Literary Maven

  6. This made me laugh! Thank you for that. Weirdly, we have a little independent cinema here in Cape Town which my husband and I regularly frequent and it is called "The Labia"! I have never known if the name was intentional or out of ignorance - I am guessing t was the later. :-)

    1. Oh my goodness, really? That's too funny.


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