A student asked me one of those questions no one trains you to answer. No professor, mentor teacher, or administrator ever alerted me to one of these. As I was setting up my classroom for the day’s activity, a student looked at me, raised his fist over his head, and said, “Dr Pezz, smell my hand.”
Obviously, I did not want to smell this high schooler’s hand, so I honestly explained that “I had never been asked that question in my teaching career, and it frightens me.” Everyone laughed and we started the lesson.
Looking back on it, I just can’t help but think how many jobs do you have where someone asks you to smell his hand? These are the moments that keep educators on their toes and create those lasting memories. There’s no way to explain this type of thing to non-educators. I guess I might expect a mother to hear something like this but not from a high schooler.
What an odd start to the day!