I was a science teacher today.
Not the same teacher I mentioned in my last entry.
Part of today's lesson involved going over homework. This involved having kids come up to the board and writing out how they solved various physics problems. The teacher left me an answer key that showed the major steps for each questions.
Even with the key in hand, some of what the kids were doing still looked like alchemy.
The second part of the lesson involved several book problems and a worksheet. A lot of kids were able to get both done with a little time to spare. With about 5 minutes left in one period, while circulating around the room, I walked into an overwhelming cloud of some sort of sweet citrus scented spray. At the nearest table sat two boys, in their varsity football jerseys. I asked them...
Mr. C.: Hey guys, did one of you just dose yourself in some kind of stinky spray?
Guy 1: Huh? Oh, yeah, we smelled that too. I think it's coming from them. *points at nearby table, where four girls are sitting*
Mr. C.: Are you sure? It really smells like it is coming from over here...
Guy 2: Yeah, it's not us, we smell like new cars.
Mr. C.: New cars.....?
Guy 2: Yeah, we got new jerseys for the play-off games. They smell like new cars. Here, sniff! *He moves towards me, lifting the jersey away from his shoulder*
Mr. C.: *Taking a step back* Yeah. No. Sorry. I'll take your word for it. There is no way I'm going to sniff a football jersey.
Guy 2: Come on! It's clean, we just got them. It really does smell like a new car! *takes a big sniff of his own shoulder*
Mr. C.: That is great, really. But nothing you say or do will get me to sniff a jersey.