"Julian said the F-word"

When I was told this, I knew it was time; discipline time. It almost feels wrong to say I like it when my students use inappropriate language, but one of my favorite ways to discipline applies to when an expletive is used.

I let the student know that his poor word choice bought him an opportunity to come up with 50 alternatives to the word he used. He had said the word because he hurt his finger, so I had him write 50 things that he could have said that were more appropriate for school. He didn't finish the list (because class ended), but what he came up with so far is purely amazing! It totally made my day. Here it is, a list of 36 alternatives a 3rd grader came up with for the F-word:

1. darn
3. owch
4. snap
5. OA
6. Hay
7. Freak
8. Flapjack
9. My fenger
10. help
11. shoot
12. crud
13. pi
14. kck
15. Tocoa
16. Hert
17. pain
18. crismus
19. Jiminy crismus
20. Fidellsticks
21. dore
22. stop
23. gold
24. blue
25. snap
26. dangit
27. Flapnog
28. ows
29. freak
30. 5
31. 4
32. 3
33. 2
35. com
36. boop


  1. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Hey I found your blog on your FB page. Personally, I like the blogging world a whole lot better than the Facebook one.
    That's a pretty clever idea of showing the student alternatives for bad language. My personal favorites from his list were:
    5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and snap! haha!

  2. Kids say the darndest things, right? haha, it's a good thing I didn't read his list until after he left; I would have had a hard time suppressing the laughter


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