Sometimes, even if you have been teaching for 8 years, you just make rookie mistakes.
Rookie Mistake #1 – not thinking through the answer before asking the question.
Today I thought I would be a good teacher and take advantage of the few minutes between using the bathroom/washing hands and heading down to the lunch room to practice some rhyming. (You know, rather that ignoring the children and let them go wild for 3-5 minutes, like I usually do).
So I looked around the room for some inspiration and said, “I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with…. door.”
Answer #1: Whore!
I didn’t want to repeat it so I just said, “Nope, that rhymes, but it isn’t my word.”
The next three children who answered also suggested “Whore!” As if it was a brand new idea. (really kids???) Finally I had to break down and loudly say, “My word is not whore. Please stop guessing that word.”
Don’t try to sneak in learning opportunities. Just let the kids sit and socialize…
but on the bright side, they are learning to rhyme! Yay!