I was demonstrating what the solutions of an equation like ax^2+bx+c = 0 could look like graphically.

I asked the class, “What is the shape of THIS?” as I circled the ax^2+bx+c in the equation up on the board.

Amidst a few yells of “parabola!,” I heard a very serious response of “**an oval**“.

I tried rewording it to “what does this *graph*?” instead, but it was too late. The sentence came out choked in laughter as I saw the round eyed small student who said it. He was thinking about the actual circle that I made around the formula!! As I realized this, I couldn’t stop laughing so hard that I was crying. Thankfully, my class is not the type to take offense but laugh at me and my crying instead. Cute.

Then yesterday, I taught them the Quadratic Formula song to Pop Goes The Weasel along w/ the sign language for it. I’ve never had a class sing so loud! I’ve had a class of 40 sing this before and it was never this loud. They were like little kids singing their hearts out louder and louder! I might not have been a happy choir teacher w/ the result, but I was one happy math teacher!

Other random things:

After singing them the Q. Formula song and telling them that they will have to sing it too, one kid responds, “But I don’t know the lyrics!”

My response, “My point exactly! The whole goal *is* to learn the lyrics!”

Then when asking them to write the Q. Formula three times by covering each up while they write the next one, one kid goes, “Aww man, can’t I just write it once to the third power? It’s a math class isn’t it?”

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