Category Archives: Quotes from Kids

Someone Got a Call Home

If I were governor…

by nolateacherlady

I asked my kids to write a story about what it would be like to run for governor, and what they would do if they won. Some of what they wrote was really wonderful.

Candidate M.K. If I were governor, I would stop all the wars. I would make everything free. I would free the countries. I will make a rule that you get paid every time you come to school. I will make B.I. (Behavior Intervention) illegal. I will make a rule that they can’t wear uniforms. I will make a rule that kids can do whatever they want. I will make a rule that recess is longer.

Candidate A.B.

If I were governor, I would let the kids play in schools and play in class. I would let them not have school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and October. And when the kids get 100% on their test, the teachers have to give them 5000 dollars. And the kids can hit the teachers.

And I can let the teachers have parties when the kids are gone.

Candidate T.C.

Campaign is when I do speeches to people. Then all of the people vote called primary. Then I win as a governor, called a general. I will give homeless people cars, money, homes and good. Campaign, primary, general. No smoking, no drugs, no drinking beer, no cursing.

Candidate M.W.

I will help people with houses and the 3 steps campaign, primary and general. I want to do speeches for my city, and making my whole life so I can trust my heart and see if people vote for me, and become an awesome and cool RENEW student. We have a dream, a dream that can help people who are lost with no mother and father and raised a child, and get him a new home so he is safe and sound, and that means I will help your dream come true, so we can be safe and sound. I just want to help people and pets so they have a home for each other and I mean all of us, so we are family. We trust our heart. The end!

Candidate K.C.

I will give the longest speech. I will stop the meth ring (I’m praying this is a typ0). And give free houses to the homeless (campaign). Then go to the small election (primary). And I will win the big election and become mayor and I become governor, I’ll let everything be free.

Candidate J.G.

I will let the African people move to Louisiana so they can not do all of the work, and they can be free. The African people and I will put an animal in the country so that their family can come together. And I will make an animal center and put a baby lion cub and wolf cubs and train them to be gentle and the kids can pet them. I will give people food so they can vote for me.

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Economics 101, with the third grade

by nolateacherlady


This week, third graders are learning about the basics of economics. Today’s activity had them making a foldable about a product of their choosing. They had to identify the producer and consumer of their product. Some of my favorites:

Chris*: PRODUCT: Wigs    PRODUCER: Wigmaker          CONSUMER: Hannah Montana

(Note: Can you tell this kid is a good shit-talker? He knows his pop culture references. Overheard during an argument yesterday…. “Oh shut up Harry Potter….” Also, “I’m gonna pop you in the microwave and cook you like a TV dinner.”)

Katie*: PRODUCT: Fake nails            PRODUCER: Nail salon        CONSUMER: Ms. Q

(Note: GOT ME!!)

Donald*: PRODUCT: Hot chips that I’m going to buy after school with my $170 . PRODUCER: The store       CONSUMER: ME!

(Note: $170 should probably be $1.70, but who knows?)

Reggie*: PRODUCT: Art piece                 PRODUCER: Artist                CONSUMER: Me!

(Note: Building his fine art collection at age 8!)

Calvin*: PRODUCT: Lil’ Wayne CD          PRODUCER: Lil’ Wayne         CONSUMER: Me!

(Note: An awesome picture accompanied this one.)

* Names have been changed to protect the innocent, the adorable and the hilarious

Ice Cream Cone Face Tattoos and Misc.

This is a bad idea no matter who you are.

+ The Joint deserves a full, separate blog post to itself. New Orleans is not known for its BBQ, but this shack in the Bywater may have jumped to “Best BBQ I Have Ever Had” in my list of lists. It also wins the award for “Most Hipster BBQ Joint Ever.” If you come to New Orleans and have had your fill of Po Boys and crawfish then head to The Joint get some of their sweet sweet ribs.

+ “I’m going to buy a gun with my income tax returns” – From a student who neither has an income nor tax returns.

+ From Tom… the supposed co-contributor to this blog. “A Time Against Race” explores the racial politics of New Orleans historically, under Ray Nagin, and now with Mayor Landrieu. I can honestly say I knew very little of this history and how intricate racial politics are in New Orleans. For example, Nagin was orignially elected with 86% of the white vote and only 40% of the black vote, which clashes with the media profile of Ray “Chocolate City” Nagin post-Katrina.

+ ‎”Man Mr. Styer I had a pet turtle and my mom said it ran away. Really. RAN. Next day we had some turtle soup man. My pet turtle man. My first pet.”

+ Watch the President’s Tucson speech if you have not yet. His ability to merge the immense sorrow of the tragedy and accolades for the heroics shown on that day speaks to his masterfully of emotion and tone. The dueling tones of his speech match the cheering of a tear-filled, mourning crowded arena that  was looking for a reason to move on and come together as a community. Video beneath the cut.

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Week ten, day four. Learning about being a good citizen.

“Repeat after me, class. Perseverance.”


Perseverance is when you never give up, even when it’s hard.”

Perseverance is when you never give up, even when it’s hard.

“Who do you know in your life that shows perseverance?”

D: I know! Ms Q, you!

“Why me, D?”

Because we’re bad, and you have to holler at us, and you’re still here!

“Thank you, D. I disagree with one thing you said. You aren’t bad. I do have to holler at you sometimes, but you aren’t bad.”


A “Get out of my face!”

L “Don’t say that! Be a good citizen!”


They’re learning, and I’m learning.  I’m pooped, but I’m so proud of the people they’re becoming. I could cry.

(For any number of reasons…)

Quotes from Kids

Cash Money

Question: What should I do in Atlanta?

“Go to the mall and talk to some girls”

“I think you should get some rest and get ready for the next week.”

“You should go to lennox squar and buy a pair of 315 dollar, cash money TRUE RELIGION JEANS… $$$”


Question: What is your favorite part of summer school?

“My favorite part of summer school is talking to girls.”

“Learning and having fun with math”

“There’s NOT really a FAVORITE part of summer school, because no one wants to be in this position. But I like comming knowing that im going to learn something for once.”