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My Math and Science Class -- Learning With Humor

Updated on May 16, 2013

An Everyday Class of Our Own

Yeah, my name is Fred and not Greg. You must've heard about me before in here. Thanks to our friend Lord, we are going to share some anecdotal situations, that made my science and math class really, really fun.

Arithmetic operations

I look back and just smile myself at the simple thought.There are so many students that have come up with stories of their own, and some other ones that I made up myself. For instance, math can be boring if we take it too serious. One time I asked this kid named Henry, to come up with practical examples of numerical operations.

"Oh that one is easy Teacher!" he said. "When my sister hugged her boyfriend that was addition; when they got mad at each other and end up breaking up, that would mean subtraction." He was great with an originality of his own. I wanted to test him and made him go the extra mile. "How about long divisions Henry?" I said.

"Well, dad found out that my sister and him were more than just 'friends,' and kicked his behind (Arse for Mike Mucalhy's UK friends). That was a long division... to say the least!"


4 plus 4 equals Nine?

I was teaching second graders as a substitute teacher over the first years of my career, and that was really fun. These kids rarely lied. This one comes to my mind: one time I was asking Thomas, how much was... let's say, "You have four roses for Mother's day and I give you four more Tommy. How many roses will you have in your hands?"

"Nine," said Thomas.

"No Thomas, take your time and answer again," I replied.

"Teacher, I already had one rose in my hands. So, one plus eight makes nine!"

The whole class went nuts!


Capital Gain with Some Interest

One time I asked Mark, another second grader, "If you have a five dollar bill in your hands, Mark, and, let's say... you ask your mom for one extra dollar... How much money would you have?" That was just a simple 'addition' example for him, and his fellow classmates that were dying to learn with my new method.

"Five teacher...!" answered Mark.

"Wait a minute! Are you sure? Do you see my fingers? Can you try again?" I replied a little surprised. I was giving away the answer with my two hands. But he was just sure of his answer: " Five, because my mom wouldn't lend me any. I've been grounded for 3 days."


Who is in Charge?

This was honestly the best answer from a second grader, and shame on her mommy. His name was Steve, and he might be 16 by now. I guess kids are taught to be honest and he topped the cake. I was asking him about his summer vacation, and everything was cool, until I myself came out with the typical question: "What does your father do?"

"Whatever mom says...!" That was it. I gave him 3 extra points.


The Smart one From the Class

I was teaching conversions and I figured, maybe if I ask some real life situation questions, along with the conversion chart on the black board, my class would understand better.

"Okay, Victor. Stop sucking your thumb, and tell me: if you have a box which contains a 10 foot snake... How...?"
"But Sir, snakes don’t have feet."


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  • Cardisa profile image

    Carolee Samuda 

    9 years ago from Jamaica

    Always a pleasure proposing to you. I am so glad you have a sense of humour and good sense not to take me Glad I could make sis

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    So Weird by the way. And thanks for the Chuckles! You really cracked up Sister Julianna. LOL!

  • Cardisa profile image

    Carolee Samuda 

    9 years ago from Jamaica

    Well maybe we both being at 100 at the same time is a sign that you should marry me after all, even though I have done there before!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Yes Cardisa,

    Things got better after certain adjustments. Thanks for noticing it. We've been busy lately.


  • Cardisa profile image

    Carolee Samuda 

    9 years ago from Jamaica

    Congrats on reaching 100 on your hubberscore! Is this your first time?

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Thanks Christy, you always such a nice friend. Nice to see you! Kids are always refreshing our thoughts.

    @Lol TTOOMBS08, You are very velcome friend! This hub was fun!~ And what a better way of having funa and getting paid. Thanks!

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    Terrye Toombs 

    9 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    lol! This was hilarious! Loved it! :) Voting up and everything. :) Another great hub, lord!

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    Christy Birmingham 

    9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I vote as 'awesome' and 'funny'. Great little tidbits that brought a smile to my face :)

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    @Cardisa, Victor was so right... in his own style. Some guys follow some household rules, that are kept behind doors

    @Davenstan, Kids are so peculiar, and they can fight with you... in order to be always right.

    @Laughing next to you LaThing. Fred had the best times of his life. Great to see you in here

    @Sparrowlet, Kids are so unique and humorous. Thanks!

    @Pamela99, there so many sweet situations that we left aside. Children are so creative in their wording... and come up with so many things!

    @Ardie sweet, you are not alone. Our kids before heading to school can crack up meaninful and the darnest jokes. Have a nice one!

    @Rahul, our friend with clever answers. We were kids, and we could've come up with some unexpected situations, but these kids are just way too much!

    @Faith Reaper, thanks for leaving such a sweet comment, You always pop out with the sweetest smile around. I'm glad your kids are doing well.


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    Faith Reaper 

    9 years ago from southern USA

    lord, I knew you just had to be a great teacher, and you are blessed to have such inquisitive children in your classes. Children are a joy, as you never know what will come out of their mouths. My children would, and now grandchildren, just crack me up with some of the stuff they come up with. Love this one! I bet you are their favorite teacher - just have to be, no doubt. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Jessee R 

    9 years ago from Gurgaon, India

    Awesome students in your class really Lord! Great hub! LMAO

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    9 years ago from Neverland

    Lord, this read had me laughing so hard sitting at my computer - I felt a bit silly! Its amazing how kids take phrases depending on how we word them. I run into this problem with my own little ones and it can be exasperating yet funny.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    What an awesome and entertaining hub. You have to love the honesty of a child. I loved all your examples for teaching math and do not remember all that humor in my classes. :)

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    Katharine L Sparrow 

    9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Hysterical! Just the light and amusing read I needed this evening!

  • LaThing profile image


    9 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    lol, had a good laugh! Nice hub.... Didn't know either that you were a teacher, FRED! ;)

    Funny, and beautiful!

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    Katina Davenport 

    9 years ago

    So hilarious! Children say the darnest things!

  • Cardisa profile image

    Carolee Samuda 

    9 years ago from Jamaica

    Victor is darn right, snakes certainly don't have feet. By the way Fred you must be careful what you ask children because they will always tell he truth! I also like the one where he says Dad does anything mom

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Debbie and Tammy,

    Kids can be so creative and humorous. Thanks for stopping bye friends. Your words of appreciation keep us going. Have a great day.

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    9 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow.. these are some very curious students. It is amazing how much teachers can acutally learn from their students. Very entertaining and well done.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Lord..i love awesome..i didnt know you were a teacher...i always knew you were brillant..your hubs prove that ..God bless you my friend...debbie


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