Teachers Share the Funniest Compliments They’ve Ever Received From Kids

Why, thank you.

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Our students can be the absolute sweetest, but they can also be unintentionally hilarious when trying to deliver a compliment. We asked teachers to share the funny compliments they’ve received from kids, and here’s what they had to say.

You’re so soft

While being hugged around the middle by a first grader, she sweetly said “you are soft like my mom.” —Brandi M.

What’s that smell?

My classroom sink has a bit of a funky smell. When two former students came by, one said to the other, “Whoa, I remember this smell! It smells like…(long, thoughtful pause)…learning!” Now I love my funky smelling sink. —Latane D.

Naturally gorgeous?

Me: *decides to let my natural waves show in my hair*

9th grader: *comes up to my desk with a conspiratorial look* “It’s okay, miss. I didn’t brush my hair today, either.” —Amara G.

Maybe it’s my center part?


One very sweet student once said to me, “You look young for an old person.” —Hayley J.

“Thanks for not being annoying”

Because it was from a 14-year-old boy, it’s also my highest praise. —Carol H.

Say what now?

On a field trip, I took a child to a public bathroom. I used the bathroom while he used the stall next to mine. He told me I had beautiful-sounding pee. —Amy H.

“I like your face”

A kindergartener once walked by me and said, “I like your face.” I taught fourth grade on the other side of the building. —Kelly G.

I guess kids don’t get fashion

I wore a long, belted sweater, and at the end of the day a little boy said, “Bye, I really liked your bathrobe today.” —Sherry A.

Would take as a genuine compliment

“You’re a dictionary with hair.” —Kath G.

Points for knowing the animal kingdom

“You’re pretty nice for a middle-aged mammal.” —Elizabeth N.

You’re the GOOD kind of crazy

Another teacher overheard some kids telling a new student about me. “You have Miss S.? She’s crazy, but you know, the GOOD kind of crazy.” Someday I want that stitched on a pillow. —Hillary S.

We’d love to hear—what funny compliments have you gotten from kids?

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