It's funny, sometimes, how kids don't always know the real cliche's. ''It's always darkest...when Mom wakes you up early." Or, "Youth is wasted on...doing homework!" Even though they aren't always correct, they are often true. What types of cliche's need to be rewritten for you or for someone you know?
Mary Bigler at Western Michigan does a wonderful presentation
on the use of humor when teaching language arts. I brought her
to my district one year, and her "show" was a HUGE success! Her most popular speech is "Teaching with Pizzazz." When I listen in the car (alone) and stop at a traffic light, people stare at me.
Here are a few she collected from working with children...
People who live in glass houses...
should always wear clothing.
A penny saved is...
Laugh, and the world laughs with you
when you get punched by a 5th grader.
Note: Let's just say that listening to her speech is life-changing. (!)
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