About a month ago, I shared a moment that occurred in my classroom while reading the book Wonder. I had another moment with my students, but this one wasn't so... umm, well, I don't want to give away the whole story.
Brace yourself. This was one of those brain farts (for lack of better terms).
We are studying the states and capitals in social studies for the remainder of the year. I was all jazzed up talking about the Northeastern region and calling on kids left and right. We came to the state of New York and I said, "Bob (pseudonym for obvious reasons), what's the capital of New Yorrrrrrk?". Yes, you can imagine that I was singing it like Alicia Keys. I like to add my (non-existent) musical talents to my teaching.
He confidently shouted back, "New York City!!!"
I replied, confidently, "YEP! You GOT IT!"
No more than 5 seconds after I shouted the wrong capital, 98% of my class shouted, "it's ALBANY."
Let's hope that my face was calm, cool, and collected as I cheerfully responded, "Oh good! You're all paying attention! I was just testing you."
I mean, really! All you can do is laugh.