30 August 2011

Kids and Michael Jackson

(And yes, these conversations really did happen in my room over the last 2 weeks)

Miss "X" (we shall refer to me as) 

Teacher: "Okay does everyone know what kind of sleeping face they are going to draw?" (my students are doing a lesson on Gustav Klimt, and just saw the painting titled "Baby". 

Student raises hand.

Teacher: "*Johnny what's your question?"

Student: " Can I give my person an afro?'

Teacher: "An afro?"

Student: "Yeah like Michael Jackson."

Another student pipes in:" Michael Jackson didn't have an afro ya ding dog!"

Student 1: "Yeah he did!"

Both look at me for the answer.

"Michael Jackson did have an afro, but only when he was much younger."

Student 1: "Yeah, and when he was black."

Me hit myself in forehead. WOW.

Student 2: "Michael Jackson was black? But his skin was white!"

Teacher: "Michael Jackson was an African American yes, but he had a skin disorder where his skin turned very white."

Students all reply "Ohhhhhhhh."


First week into school.

Teacher: "I often play music while you guys work on your artwork."

Student: "What kind of music?"

Teacher: "I usually play oldies."

Student: "Yes!!!! I love Michael Jackson!"

Teacher: (Me thinking to myself before replying Say What???"

Teacher: "Michael Jackson isn't Oldies!"

Student: "He's not?"

Teacher: "No he's like 80s and 90s music. I meant oldies like Bill Haley and the Comets, James Brown, The Temptations."

Student: "Who are they?"

Teacher: "They are artists of the area known as OLDIES from the 50s and 60s."

Students: "Ohhhh."



  1. It's crazy to think that kinds today think that MJ is oldies! Makes me feel OLD!

  2. That's so funny! It's because all the parents to these kids probably dance around to MJ! I know I do:)

  3. Two years ago my nephew (who was 6 at the time) wanted to change his name to Michael Jackson. If we called him by his real name, he'd correct us! Still loves MJ to this day!

  4. This is hilarious! Atleast five of my third graders proclaimed MJ to be their favorite singer on the first day of school during "About Me" time. What is it with kids and MJ?!

  5. Someone get me a walker and sequin visor...stat!

  6. haha!! i love my teacher friends' stories... kids are hilarious.

  7. Oh, kids these days!!!! If Michael Jackson is an oldie...I'm geriatric.

    MJ lives on forever!!!!

  8. My 2nd graders are the same way! Too funny :)

  9. So funny! It probably has something to do with the fact that his birthday was a few days ago (8/29)


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