No Filter

Sometimes, I need to remind my students to think before they speak.

Sometimes, I need to remind myself to think before I speak.

My kids were playing the game Apples to Apples the other day during indoor recess. For those of you who don’t know, there is a green adjective card, and everyone puts down a red noun phrase card that best matches it. (For more info, check out this old post-

At one point I noticed they were all looking at me gleefully. “Don’t be offended!” One cautioned when I asked what was behind the maniacal grins they all had. At this point I was keeping one eye on them and the other on the giant writing rubric I was using next, so I wasn’t completely focused on their antics.

“The category is ‘scary’…” There was a long pause, where they all giggled. “And someone put down ‘my teacher!'” At which point they all lost it.

I answered with the first thing that came to my mind.

“I’m not offended, that’s accurate. I am scary. I have chainsaw arms.”

Now I had the attention of every kid in the class, all loudly demanding “WHAT?!”

“Chainsaw arms.” I repeated. No turning back now.

“Do you really have chainsaw arms?” One boy asked suspiciously.

I stared at him for a minute. “Yes.” I said. I went back to my rubric. “Fair enough.” He said, and went back to his book.


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