"Do your ovaries work?"

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  1. MrsTeacher2Be

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    :lol: We all know that our kids are nosey, but one of mine took the cake the other day. I was up at the board solving absolute value equations, and out of nowhere, one of my slower kids say, "Mrs. ______, can I ask a question." Of course you can! (New teacher mistake thinking it might actually be about math.) "Why don't you and your husband have any kids?" Ummmmm.... "Well, we just don't. Ok, so back to our equation..." Of course it didn't end there... "Mrs. _______, do your ovaries not work?" :eek: Not knowing what to say, I just told him that I was fine, we just weren't ready to have kids yet. So from across the room I hear, "THEY USE A SOCK!" I was able to get them mostly quieted back down, but they tried to turn anything I said into something sexual (don't you just love 9th graders?!?) and the poor slow child, who was legitimately concerned about my ovaries, spent the rest of the block trying to figure out what the other boy could have meant by 'a sock'. WOW.

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    Wow. Funny.
     
  4. Teaching Grace

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    omg just about covers that!!!
     
  5. MrsWbee

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    oh my gosh, that's hilarious. i wouldn't have been able to not laugh.
     
  6. blessedhands

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    Me too.:lol:

    But why is he a "slow/slower kid" though? Just curious.
     
  7. Ms. I

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    Yes, kids are not ashamed or afraid to say anything these days. Not that I'd ever want to teach HS level kids anyway, but replying to the 1st question by saying that you just don't have kids yet was alright, but if it were me, I would have immediately said, "Yes, we don't have kids yet & this is not the time or place to talk about this, so let's have no more questions unless it's about math & let's continue w/ this problem".

    That's a good way to reply to any personal question, that way, you nip it in the bud before it even has a chance to go too far.
     
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    I'm OK with personal questions. I won't be bullied into talking about anything I'm not comfortable with, so it's no big deal.

    When the kids asked me who I voted for, I answered in a deep voice "The Office of the President of the United States of America.... and a lot of other people running for different offices as well."

    But when they asked me why I was out for a month, I was fine with telling them about my mastectomy.
     
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    Oh, I would have turned red with embarrassment!
    Asking questions is fine, but after the "we don't want kids yet" part, I would have been SO embarrassed!
     
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    That's why you start with ... is the question about math?... Works like a charm for my little ones.
     
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    It's a great reminder to ask "Is it about (this subject)? Or can it wait until work time?"

    Wow...I think you handled it REALLY well!!!
     
  12. Ms. I

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    I say that quite a bit too!
     
  13. catnfiddle

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    I've had that question from a very nosy high schooler when I was subbing and the kids were trying to distract me off topic. One time, I looked the questioner in the eye and deadpanned, "Some people cannot have children, and it can be painful thing to discuss." Apparently that made an impact because nobody in that school asked that question of me ever again.
     
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    Too funny! Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. MrsTeacher2Be

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    He's special ed. He has a hard time grasping most concepts, but apparently biology sticks :)

    I will definitely remember to ask "Is it about math?" next time :lol:
     
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    :lol::lol:Got you.
     

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