Teacher devises clever way to announce pregnancy

Lesson includes decoding message using symbols to translate; students asked to provide child-rearing 'advice' for pregnant teacher

When Hilary Casey, a second grade reading teacher at Brewton Elementary School, returned from Christmas break she told them she had a secret to tell.

Instead of simply telling the students her secret, she designed a puzzle that her students had to figure out. The solution to the puzzle was 'my teacher is having a baby'.

"I told them it had been six years since I had a baby and I needed them to give me some advice," Mrs. Casey said.

So the students' assignment was to write down what advice they would give the teacher. Coming from second graders, they were not only true, but hilarious.

Joe Garre...