I try really hard to stay politically neutral in my classroom. It's not easy with all the material Obama has given us the past few years. Today is the first time I ever broke that stance and I totally didn't mean to. Oooooops.
This occurred during the last class period of the day. Teachers, you know how those go. You have just kind of given up on the day a little bit and tend to be a bit more relaxed because you are as ready, if not more, to leave than the children. Today's topic in 9th grade World History was the Persian Gulf War/War in Iraq. I started out class by asking students if they had heard of the War in Iraq before. Everyone raised their hands. Then I asked if they understood the causes of the war and what is going on in Iraq today. Zero hands. Then just quietly out of the front row one of my students mutters this: "Yeah because Obama doesn't tell us anything. Libya, anyone?" I BURST OUT LAUGHING! It was just so funny. He was dead serious about it and his comment actually made sense (which doesn't happen often) and I couldn't help myself. I didn't want the kids to know that I thought it was funny so I covered my face with the papers I was passing out to them. I couldn't even breath I was laughing so much. They all said my face was turning red so I said, "that's because I am not supposed to think that was funny but it really was."
It took about 3-4 minutes to get the class back on track after my little giggle fit. It will NEVER happen again (please bless that it won't) but it was funny/awkward while it lasted.