"What's the matter, Mr. Educator?" asked one of my students.
"Well, I saw Francine before. She said hello to me and we talked a little. And look, now she's not in class."
"That's confidence," she said.
Another of my students was talking to his friend during a writing test.
"Are you crazy?" I asked. "You're supposed to be writing, and you're talking to him."
"Well, I was finished talking to him and ready to write, but now I'm talking to you."
I love the way any kid in the world can turn around any situation at all and make it the teacher's fault.
The best, though, was that while I was correcting a paper, a student walked up and wrote something on the board. Later I turned and looked.
It was a little smiley face, and next to it was written, "I love being in this class."