I sometimes wonder if the things that come out of the mouths of my students will ever stop shocking me. As I've been cleaning up my classroom and attempting to organize all the papers I've collected over the past year, I've ran across several notes I've jotted down of crazy things that my students have said.
Towards the end of the year, I had to tell one of my Algebra 1 students to please stop eating a piece of cardboard. He didn't. I did google it to make sure it wasn't deadly or anything. He ended up eating a piece of cardboard that was probably 6 inches by 2-3 inches.
One day I asked my 8th grade Algebra 1 students what a quadratic was. We'd talked about them the previous week, and I was trying to help them refresh their memories. Without missing a beat, one student responded, "It's what happens at an aquarium when the fishies die." That gave the class a good chuckle.
Late first semester, I was tutoring a student to help her prepare for her upcoming EOI exam. We'd been at it awhile, and I could tell that we were both getting tired. When I looked up from writing something down, this student had a bobby pin stuck over her lip. After I gave her a strange look, she announced, "Now I know why fish don't like this." We wrapped up our study session soon after that, and she did end up making advanced on her EOI!