An unexpected song

February 12, 2015

Lloyd, School

I’m not really the kind of teacher who expects it to be silent in class. In fact, if students aren’t talking to me and to each other, I think things are a little boring (I don’t know how Lauren talks to 4 year olds all day).

But my math class has honed to a fine art the ability to distract each other with a single well placed word. So I eventually end up saying, “No talking.” Sometimes “No Talking” is accompanied by “Starts in 15 seconds, so get it out of your system.” and sometimes it’s accompanied by “One freebie.”

But if you talk under the no talking flag (assuming that I actually notice) then you have to spend a minute after school with me for each time you talked. Normally I end up with 1 or 2 students after school. Today I had a quartet. They have to stand near my desk and look properly penitential for the minute, but today I said, “If you don’t want to just stand there, you could sing.”

One of them started singing this song and immediately the other three joined in.

I was  suitably impressed.


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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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8 Responses to “An unexpected song”

  1. Deborah Said on:

    What was that?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      That was sort of my reaction while they were singing, but it’s bad form to do anything that would discourage middle school boys from singing. Long after they were done I asked one of them what I should look up on YouTube if I wanted to hear that song.


  2. Lauren Said on:

    I know that song. Actually, I know that video -- it’s some video meme (how do you say that?) from a while back. Lots of people making fun of the robot man singing his weird song.


  3. Brad Said on:


    I’ve seen this before too, but for some reason, I thought he said tro-lo-lo instead of lo-lo-lo. I would have googled Trololo to find this video.


  4. Mom Said on:

    Unexpected, I am sure. That would have been fun to see.


  5. Peggy Said on:

    I’ve seen this video too….but it cracks me up every time.

    I would have loved to have heard the kids sing it.


  6. Kristi Said on:

    And why would middle school boys know that song?


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