Working with generalized proofs today, we ran into a problem that said (a+b)(a+b)...we were using the distance formula. Oh the crazy answers I heard from my Geometry students!! Sure, we haven't done a lot of multiplying of binomials this year, but still....I was a bit frightened. I explained to them that at the end of this year we're going to do a pretty hefty Algebra review to make sure they're in shape to take Algebra 2 next year. I told them "factoring is cake compared to what you'll see there!" The following conversation ensued:
Student 1: "So....you're saying Algebra 2 is like a scone?"
Student 1:" Well if factoring is cake, Algebra 2 is a scone....it's a little harder."
Student 2: "Pre-Calculus must be like a stale scone!"
Student 3 (from across the room): "And Calculus is like a really hard loaf of bread!"
Student 1: "Good thing we have studying...that's our coffee! We can dip our scones into it and it will soften them and make them taste better."
Student 3: "I don't think I'm going to study in Calculus."
Me: "Why not?"
Student 3: "Because....old bread dipped in coffee? Gross."
Groups of kids like that remind me why I love my job, especially on the days when you're ready to hide under your desk.