The juniors are excitedly shopping for a venue for next
year's senior prom. I was trying to explain that spending a lot of money
on a venue doesn't make much sense because when the lights are down
everything looks the same:
"Look, if I can give you one piece of post-high school
advice, it's this: never be in a bar when the lights go on. You don't
want to see that."
I wore my Birkenstocks to school yesterday and two
different kids in different periods asked me if I had granola or trail
mix in my pockets.
(Side note: I've owned Birkenstocks for 15 years and am a
proud Dansko/clog wearer. Having freshmen girls see my Birkenstocks and
squeal "your shoes are so cute!" is disconcerting. No, no they are not
[Side note from M: Birkenstocks are totally back in style and I'm loving it!!]
K's students are being way more amusing than my own (whereas mine are being annoying and SO done with school), so we're doing a week of K posts! So first I'm going to start with a series of emails she has sent me over the last month about teaching Romeo and Juliet. I've been saving them up to do just this... April 13: My freshmen have decided that Romeo and Juliet is like "every Khloe Kardashian relationship ever" April 13, part II: No, Luke Skywalker is not in the 1968 Romeo and Juliet. Please stop referring to it as "the Star Wars one.
Doing Shakespeare with my team taught is AMAZING...
Presenter: They went to theaters to watch plays. Other student: So they went to theaters to watch movies? Presenter: NO Other student: Well did they have TVs?
April 27, a gchat:
K: My freshmen are starting their performance scenes of Romeo and Juliet. M: That sounds like disaster, but also amusing K: There is a lot of discussion about how to fake kissing M: Oh freshmen...
I spent a long time convincing a boy to play Benvolio.
"C'mon, he's a lady's man, just like you!" He finally agrees and we're
reading right after the big opening fight scene where Benvolio explains
"--wait, wait, wait. Is Benvolio snitchin'? I ain't about to snitch!" "No, he's not snitchin' He's telling his uncle what happened at the fight."
...a few lines later "You're SURE he ain't snitchin'?" "Yes, I promise." "Well okay then."
Freshmen are acting out scenes from Romeo and Juliet. In the final scene
the kid playing Romeo says, "EW. I just figured out that I'm talking to
a dead body!"
Comparing 1968 and 1996 movies of Romeo and Juliet:
"Romeo is hiding in the bush in the 1968 version. He doesn't in the 1996 version."
"Bushes are different from 1968 to 1996. There are no bushes in 1996"
I had dinner and family time at L's tonight and, now 7 year old, K showed me this coolDiary of a Wimpy Kid activity book she's been working on. L and I sat and read through and laughed (lovingly, of course, at K's answers). Then I got to the page below, which asks about her favorite songs of the moment. Please note they are, "Fire to the rain", "I'm going to fly", and "Oh my god who is she?" I showed these to L and asked her what they were. Her answers were so obvious.