Sunday, November 21, 2010

Student Drawings Vol. 12

I have another batch of student drawings just in time for the holiday break. Hopefully you enjoy the photos and I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving.

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Only a couple ICP/Juggalo pictures this time. The first is a paper found at a middle school. The second is some graffiti I did on one of my friend’s cars.

When my students finished their last test, I asked them to turn it over and draw a picture on the back. Part of my reasoning behind this is to keep them busy so they don’t start talking while others are working, part of my reasoning is so I would have more pictures for this blog post.

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This student was mad I had added to his drawing. It’s not my fault he had no driver or wheels.

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I like this dragon-monster-thing. Why is that it’s always the quiet students that are really good at drawing?

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This elaborate drawing above was on the back of a student’s test. The picture below is a zoomed in photo of the bottom section.

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You are interpreting the picture correctly. The guy on the bottom has both of his hands tied and is being pooped on by the guy above him. I especially like the little burst-bubble coming off of the pooper’s head.

 photo 3 (2)  A somewhat abstract drawing of a fly eating cake. I like this one a lot.

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Again, another well-done drawing by a student who is very quiet in class. The dog is kind of odd though.

photo 5 (1)“Teddy don’t like mashed potatoes. He likes stuffing!”

This teddy bear is eating his own stuffing. I thought it was very clever and yet creepy. This fits my sort of humor though, so I like it.

photo 5 (2)This student was very proud of her intricate way of writing “HAREN”. This picture contains all five letters with a minimal amount of lines. My little brother used to do this with his name when he was younger.

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A dead, crying, stuffed cat holding a stuffed heart that is dripping blood.  Of course you would draw that on the back of your math test.

The following collection of photos are pictures drawn on my white board and on my desks. My students point these out to me on the desk and I pretend to be very angry and tell them I need to take a picture as photo evidence so I can show it to the students who did it when I bust them. In reality, I don’t mind too much and I take the picture so I can put it on this blog.

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I like the ninja a lot. This is the one I had to pretend to be mad about. In reality, it’s a pretty great sketch.

Apparently I’m the bomb. My students may not think so when I blow-up at them for using my markers. (See what I did there.)

photo 1 (3)Again, I appreciate the compliment but I really don’t like students to waste my dry erase markers. They are expensive.

photo 2 (1) “Mr. Haren, can I draw on your board?”

“No. I don’t want you to waste the markers.”

“Ok, well I’ll just draw this weird-dead-stuffed-mouse-thing that has been exploded in the stomach. K. Thx!”


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The childishness and yet logic with these comments is hilarious. Two students said that Rachel is gay with a guy Ben. Her only comment in return is that she’s not a guy, so she couldn’t be gay with another guy. I’m glad my geometry students are learning some logic.

photo 3 (1)Why do you come to school?

“It’s the law. And my immediate family (my grandma, uncle, dad and dad’s gf) would kill me if I didn’t get an education and end up having to strip for heroin money.”

Well, yeah. I’m glad you know exactly what happens if you don’t go to school.

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On the margin of one of my student’s homeworks. I have noticed recently that some students write emoticons backwards from what they originally were. e.g. (: instead of :). This is all fine unless you want to say :P, you know, a tongue sticking out. As you can see, in the picture, it becomes P: This is a person sticking their tongue up. Maybe they meant to do this though, I don’t know, I can’t keep up with this world of emoticons. Nevermind.

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Found in one of my colleagues’ classrooms. I like the honesty.

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Another picture found in someone else’s classroom. I have to say that it is a pretty poor looking dinosaur. His front arms look floppy, he has a weird bumpy back, no eyes, and a weird tail.


I’m closing out this blog with what is easily my favorite picture yet. One of my students made this because I told her I’d hang up her picture if it was good enough. If you couldn’t already tell, the zombie is supposed to be me. “Math, so easy a zombie can do it.” I am going to have this blown up into a large size poster.

Enjoy the holidays. I’ll hopefully have a new post in January.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Student Drawings Vol. 11

The first quarter of the school year is coming to a close which means I should probably make another post. I have a few funny pictures and some nice journal entries for you this time. Enjoy.

I use the student bathroom 2-3 times a day and get the luxury off viewing their thought provoking graffiti on a regular basis. Here are what the fine walls of C-Building have to say. (Warning: may contain foul language.)

graffiti 2 “ICP rocks”

“no     they fucking suck”

Valid point.

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Someone had written, “ICP rulez” (with a z to make it cooler). “rulez” was scratched out and so it was changed to “ICP IS ASS". I’m not sure what that means but I whole-heartedly agree. Then someone else felt it necessary to add “wwhoop whoop”.  I would like to know what the extra w is for in the first whoop, because then I would really understand what they are trying to say.

 graffiti I discovered I have the great honor of using the same bathroom as the Newark High Debate Team.

“Fuck ICP!”

“good Answer” (Aren’t you supposed to defend ICP here?)

“fuck you then”

If political debates were like this, I would watch them all.

e.g. “I support gay marriage.” “Fuck you then.” “Damn.”


Once a week I give my students a journal prompt as their bell work so they can write something. They usually have more fun with it because it is a fun prompt and because it doesn’t always involve math. I have more fun with it because it is more fun to see what goes through students heads than to analyze student math work.

The following are response to a prompt that said:

“You go to the store. Someone pushes you and yells, “MATH SUCKS!” You immediately…

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“Call up the math mob leader Mr. Haren and tell him what happened then I throw a can of broccoli at them.”

Yes, that’s right. I am the math mob leader and don’t you ever forget it.

math sucks 2 So, this student is awesome.

 math sucks 4

“I woud say woa man…easy. I gonna call up the math club and we will jump you.”

I have a feeling that when I start up an actual math club, these students are going to be sadly disappointed.

 math sucks “find a bag of red onions and peel them. Then I would throw them at that person so they would cry. I would shame them and spill kerosene everywhere with a lit match in my hand. Before the store combusts, I would run away and steal another bag of red onions and escape to my house.”

This is an example of when I don’t want to know what students are thinking. The peeling so they’ll cry is pretty elaborate. And this student has an odd fascination with red onions.


Another prompt told the students that tomorrow they would be sent to a deserted island indefinitely. They don’t know what will be there already but they are allowed to bring three items. Many of my students would die within a few days based on their choices. Some are clever.

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Many of my students listed cell phone. I told them afterward that their battery would die, they wouldn’t have electricity and they probably wouldn’t have service. At least this student said wireless router.

 survival 3I also got many spellings of yacht. Yaght, yahgt, yahct, yaht. I am pretty shocked by the “plain”. Seriously. This is one of my enriched students. Out of the three words they chose, they spell yacht correctly, wow. Also, do they really need all three of these to get home? This is overkill.

survival 4Food. Now a student is thinking. Though I did say three items, so they would get to bring one item of food, which is hardly worth it. Wood and leaves? Really? My students are crazy.

survival 5Again with the cell phone. Worthless. The knife is a good call. I am very impressed by the microchip, very clever.


This is a real survivor. I bet they watch Man vs. Wild. Though they should probably bring a flint instead of a lighter.


And now for some random stuff.

photo 1 (6)“What strategies did you use…?”

“I used the stare-at-the-problem-till-I-thought-of-something method.”

This is a method that not enough students use.

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These are pictures a student drew on their poster for English class.

“Imma crazy fish, and Imma eat you.”

“Imma dinosaur, rawr.”

“Imma Racecar, grrr.”

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A carnivorous snail.

  photo 4 (6)A teacher taking over a student’s brain.

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I was told this is an emo Mario.


That’s all for now folks. Hopefully you enjoyed the long post. I will try to post again around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Student Drawings Vol. 10

It’s been a few months since my last post. Summer was great and we are now a few weeks into another school year. The year is going wonderfully so far and I have a nice new batch of student drawings to start the year off.

I asked my students to draw a mathematician on their bell work. These are the most enjoyable results.

Mathematician 2 Mathematician 4

The one on the left seems to have a crack habit. On the right we have a nice wizard. I hope that’s how my students see me.

Mathematician 3

“He fights crime with his meter stick of justice and calculator of crunching, numbers that is.”

  Mathematician 5 Mathematician

First: That moustache is awesome. Second: I want the shirt Harold is wearing.

The next question on their bell work asked them, “When I hear someone say, ‘math is fun!’ I think…” These two students were not so kind.

CROPMath is fun “OOOOK so someone’s a loOoOoOserrr – and probably has no life”

Math is fun 2I can only assume that they were going to continue on to say “awesome people.”

Here are some other random pictures found on bell works and homework.

CROP RandomWas there anything different about the high school than you expected? (I have all freshman so I was curious as to how they thought it would be here)

Random 2

A student who did well on their homework. Nothing wrong with a little self-praise.

 Random 3

I like this doodle. Especially because they spelled my name correctly.

 Random 4 Random

On the left we have a student who is tempting me with delicious treats through their homework. This is a cruel attempt to get me to not win Biggest Loser. On the right we have a standard, creepy clown. Who may or may not be a KISS fan.


Lastly, one thing I have noticed with a lot of the freshman is that their spelling is astounding. (If I misspelled something in this post, don’t be “that guy” and point it out in the comments.)

Mispelled words 2


 Mispelled words 3


 Mispelled words 4embarrass

Mispelled words 5embarrassing

Mispelled words

This one is my favorite just because it reminds me of words like Ye Olde.


And to close on a joke from one of my students.


I look forward to more pictures to post. I have not seen many doodlings in homework or on desks. I’m going to assume that means I have been a super enthralling teacher and my students are never bored. Or because the year has just started.