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    Category: Musical Mayhem

    A Very Sing-Song Approach To Teaching

    | Taipei, Taiwan | Musical Mayhem

    (I teach a small class of middle school students. Today, they’re particularly rowdy and are singing popular songs throughout class.)

    Me: “Okay, [Student], could you please sing question one?”

    (The class bursts out laughing.)

    Me: *laughing as well* “No, no! I meant read! I meant read!”

    Hot Beats

    | ON, Canada | Musical Mayhem, Students

    (I was teaching a small group about genres of music. We listened to a salsa song, then some Mozart, then some big band.)

    Student: “Can we listen to the guacamole song again?”

    (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

    | Silverdale, WA, USA | Musical Mayhem, Students

    (My teacher has assigned a project about religion. We are allowed to choose any religion and discuss any aspect of it as long as our parents approve and we run it by her. We are currently brainstorming ideas.)

    Student: “So it can be about anything?”

    Teacher: “Yes.”

    Student: “Can it be about a cult?”

    Teacher: “As long as you do proper research.”

    Me: “Can it be about the Blue Oyster Cult?”

    (No other student gets the reference so there is an awkward silence.)

    Teacher: “No, but good try.”

    The Song Of Silence

    | MN, USA | Musical Mayhem

    (It is my sophomore year and I have a wonderfully eccentric English teacher. We’re supposed to be working quietly but something happens that causes everyone to start talking.)

    Teacher: *singing to the tune of ‘Are you Sleeping, Brother John’* “I hear talking. I hear talking…”

    Half The Class: *singing in response* “Yes, you do… Yes, you do.”

    Teacher: *laughs* “Be quiet and work now… Be quiet and work now…”

    Whole Class: “How ’bout you? How ’bout you?”

    (It was the only time where my life, for one brief moment, it became a musical.)

    The Class Got A Bit Haddaway

    | Roanoke, VA, USA | Homework, Lazy/Unhelpful, Musical Mayhem

    (Our professor, is an elderly gentlemen. One of my classmates is leading a class discussion, only she didn’t do the reading. As a result her questions are kind of vague and sometimes nonsensical.)

    Classmate: “I mean, really, all of the characters’ problems in this book stem from the fact that they fall in love with people. But they all fall in love for different reasons, and it’s all so messed up, and their messed up feelings just screw up the rest of their lives. And, anyway, what is love?!”

    The Rest of Class: “BABY, DON’T HURT ME! DON’T HURT ME! NO MORE!”

    The Professor: *jumps in his seat* “What was that? Were you all suddenly possessed?!”


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