This week I was working with a 5th grade boy doing a vocabulary assessment. I would say a word, and then he was to point to the picture that matched what I said. Things were going fine until about half-way through when I turned the page.

“Show me ‘swamp’” I said.

“Damn!” he said.

I was so surprised to hear an elementary student swear that I didn’t know what to do. Do we need to have a discussion about appropriate words to use at school? Is he getting frustrated and needing to take a break? What was going on?

I was just about to say something, when he said “Hoover Dam!” and pointed to one of the pictures.

I checked the page, and right next to the picture of the swamp was a picture of a dam.

Kids say the darnedest things!