We are studying the short U sound this week and we have a list of words for the spelling test. A couple students have had very little success with spelling lists of 10 words. I challenged them to be able to master 3 words this week--cut, bus, and up. I told them if they didn't know these words that "they were fired" and couldn't "work for me" any more. They are good workers so I don't want to fire them. Needless to say, we are practicing everyday.
Today while we were forming a line to go home, I asked one of these students to spell the word--up. He couldn't recall the practice we'd done, and was unsuccessful. I was worried about the other words if he couldn't remember the easiest one. Drastic times call for drastic measures, so the following exchange happened with other students who could spell the word:
Teacher: Bryan, spell up.
Teacher: Yes, I do everyday.
Students: (random giggling)
Teacher: Daisy spell up.
Teacher: Yes, every recess.
At this point, students are giggling and calling out, "U-P!, hee, hee, hee."
Teacher: Angie spell up.
Teacher: Yes, (then I put my hand to the side of my mouth as if I was telling a secret) sometimes in my pants.
Students: (hysterical laughter) AAAaHHH, HA, HA, HA, HA!!
Teacher: Angel, now do you know how to spell up?
Angel: (Angel stares at the ceiling as he taps his index finger to his chin)You pee-pee everyday?
Now that's fun! Don't tell anyone!