I feel like I can finally come up for air after a busy, exhausting and exciting last few months. Having a week off to celebrate Thanksgiving and regroup has been wonderful. As much as I have been enjoying my first year of teaching, I am enjoying this short break to gather myself and plan for the next couple of weeks. The last 3 months I have been going non-stop with lots of late night school work, training and studying. So much to be done the first year!
It’s funny how I assumed I would be teaching the kids and not realizing how much they have taught me. Here are a few things I have learned from junior high kids:
Social Media – Facebook is only for old people and you are totally gross if you are on it. Kik and Snapchat is where it’s at – although they don’t really understand that what you put on the internet is there forever.
Expanded Vocabulary – I am learning new words and phrases to use in my vocabulary on a daily basis. Using savage, thirsty, shots fired and see what happened was needs to be spoken at least 10 times a day in order for your day to complete.
Clothes – Hammer pants are back! Except now they are called joggers and the kids don’t have a clue who M.C. Hammer is. Also, every Nike shoe that was popular from 1990-1999 are back in style – and again the kids think they are brand new styles.
Punishment – As a technology teacher, we obviously are on the computers constantly in my class. So naturally I needed to come up with a punishment for my classes that do not always follow protocol or searching unapproved sites. So, threatening students with playing Counting Crows, Live, Nirvana or Garth Brooks through every computer speaker is worse than any corporal punishment. Or take up their phone…if you want WWIII.
What are funny or crazy things that teenagers have taught you? If you are a teacher, what did the kids teach you during your 1st year?