Saturday, September 06, 2008

Too Cool For You

Current trends in my classroom...whether my students are aware they have made them trendy or not.

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers
2. Dance-Off Competitions
3. Elmers Glue Bookmarks
4. The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base
5. Crying Boys
6. Crackers
7. Fresca
8. Writing all over your hands with highlighters.
9. Making bets for way more money than anyone will ever believe that you have.
10. Recreate the Great Salt Lake

6th grade is very different than 2nd. (Imagine that!) But you know what? I don't miss 2nd.


kel said...

Care to elaborate on #3, 5, & 10?

*star said...

#3. Elmers Glue Bookmarks:
Like all students, my kids sometimes get bored. So they started pouring their Elmers glue into the shallow ridges in the tops of their pencil boxes. They let the glue dry there for a few days and then when they peel it out, it's a rubbery bookmark. It's also super messy and gets glue everywhere. I'm in the process of nipping it in the bud.

#5. Crying Boys:
By the time I got to 6th grade, it was SUPER embarrassing to cry in school. But several of my boys cry on a regular basis. They cry for lots of reasons--because I gave them consequences for poor choices, because their friends are having drama, because someone wouldn't throw them the football, whatever--and they cry a lot. I've had 4 different boys crying already. (And I've yet to see a girl cry!)

#10: Recreate the Great Salt Lake
I can't take credit for this one. The kids were talking about how the Great Salt Lake ended up in the middle of a desert. The other sixth grade teacher was explaining it to them. They got really excited when she told them there used to be a boardwalk out there. They now want to go float in the super-salty water and catch sea monkeys. They also want to try to start a campaign to reopen the touristy parks out there so people can visit the "beach" in the middle of Utah. I wonder if they will still feel that way after we go on our field trip.

The answers to these questions were longer than the original blog post. Sorry!

Mars said...

Your blog always makes me want to eat manatees. If they are the cow of the sea, could they possibly be as delicious as regular beef?

Megan and Kenny said...

I don't remember the 'trends' from 6th grade. I'm sure they were pretty lame and ridiculous. But I don't remember seeing any boys crying in the 6th grade.