Setting: My classroom during science class
Me: What is the difference between a prediction and a hypothesis?
Student: Hypothesis… First you guess then you tess- Get it? Test/tess… hahaha
Other Students: Laugh and clap approvingly
Me: Hahaha. Too funny! Good job!
I got his little joke. I was secretly really mad at him because I didn’t think of it first. I’d been teaching elementary science for over 10 years, and I’d never thought of that brilliant saying?! Unacceptable!
I may have been bitter at my precious 9 year old student for like 30 seconds, but I quickly got over it. Hypothesis… First you guess then you test- It was his thing, but it’s our thing now.
Note: I put the student’s quote on poster board and hung it up in my class. Then, hanging kids’ cool quotes became a thing in my classroom. It also encouraged kids to constantly try to come up with clever quotes. That really wasn’t my intention, but it resulted in a bunch of hilarious nonsense and awesome sayings.