The best part of teaching has to be the kids themselves and what they say. I’ve compiled a short list of favorite phrases I have heard since becoming an elementary music teacher. As you read this, I think you’ll begin to have a deeper understanding of why I love my job.
(Names have been changed)
Jimmy age 5, came into the classroom with a strange expression on his face, so I made the mistake of asking, “Jimmy, how are you today?”
Jimmy: “Not so good. Every time I fart I poop my pants.”
Wanting to comfort him, I quickly answered, “Ah yes! I hate it when that happens!”
Another day, Jimmy came in smiling, so I asked, “Why are you so happy?” He sang a spontaneous song, “Because I love music class, I love music, and I love you!”
Kenyan age 5, always had the biggest smile on his face! As he was leaving Music one day, I said, “Kenyan, I sure love that smile!” He grinned even bigger and said, “I’ll bring it with me tomorrow!”
Once I told a classroom of students my age, at the time I was 48. Parker exclaimed, “No way! You act way younger than my mom and she’s 32!”
Another day I mentioned my age, and the whole class audibly gasped. I said, “Hey that’s not that old!” One student said, “I thought you were 24!”
We did a 2nd and 3rd grade program called “Can You Imagine?” last fall and I received a hand made note from a 3rd grader that read, “You have helped me believe in myself! I can imagine all the things I can do because you’re one amazing you!”
In the middle of singing a group song in class, Allie exclaimed, “I LOVE THIS PLACE!”
Kayla asked, “Mrs. Noller, have you ever heard of Michael Jackson?”
After singing a song that I was teaching the 1st graders, Carter said, “You should be on tv! You sound famous!”
Shelly, age 5, hugged me tight, breathed in deeply and exclaimed, “Oh Mrs. Noller! You smell like butterflies!”
All I know is, butterflies must smell amazing and teaching elementary music is one of the greatest joys I’ve ever experienced. There’s a reason children are called “God’s people.” They’re honest, straightforward, big hearted souls with no ability to hide their true feelings and no inner monologue. Makes for entertaining and inspiring conversations.