Student 1: (proudly sharing cell phone photos with other students) That’s some Patron in my hands right there. See? See?
Teacher: (concerned expression on face) Not good. Patron’s not good. How old are you again? And put that away!
Student 1: (ignoring query and instruction) What do you prefer, Mr. K?
Student 2: (loud interjection) BOOKS! He get drunk off books!
It’s sometimes nice to know that the silly things that I say in front of students (e.g. “books are like babies,” “you can find me in the book club“) stick with and influence even the most unruly students. Student 2 and I have a kind of love-hate relationship. On the outside, he appears to hates my guts, but, deep down, I know he and I are tight. These are the best relationships a teacher can have.