Me- AHH! Are you guys KISSING?
Student- ...No...we're just shushing each other at a very close distance.
Within Five Minutes of My Last Post...
Literally five minutes after I watched the trailer for the new Gatsby movie and wrote my last post, I checked my work email and saw this message from a current junior kiddo: “Ms. T Ms. T. Ms. T Ms. T! Look! [Link to the trailer] I just saw the commercial and it reminded me of you! Ooooh our class should have a reunion in December when it comes out. We can all take a field trip to the movie...
If only my students knew how many inside jokes I have with myself while writing multiple choice questions for their midterm and final exams. These include, but are not limited to, the following: a) The names of my ex-boyfriends b) Jokes from The Office and Arrested Development c) Snobby English major terms like “pastiche” and “epistemological” d) An alarming number of...
Life Lessons Through Board Game Euphemisms
Student- Ms. T! Taylor and I have a date tonight!
Me- Oh yeah? What are you guys doing?
Student- (making air quotes) "Watching a movie."
Me- That better not be "watching a movie" with quotes.
Student- (laughing) No, don't worry. We really will watch a movie. Then maybe play some Chutes and Ladders...
Me- Whoaaaaa. Chutes and Ladders?
Student- Yeah, but we definitely won't play Scrabble.
Me- GOOD. You have your whole life to play Scrabble. And you really only want to play Scrabble with someone you love.
Well, That Seems Symbolic.
Our school has a writing center, which is staffed by some pretty amazing student tutors and supervised by the English teachers. Kids can make appointments during their study hall to get help on papers for any class. Usually, the writing center is located in what used to be a book closet at the end of the English hallway. This was degrading enough, but we typically laughed it off and made a lot of...
Proud Mama Hen
Congratulations to my kiddos— they all passed their writing SOLs, and more than half of them got pass advanced! So proud :)
Student- Hey Ms. T, you wanna help me find a prom date?
Me- Sure!...Wait, I thought you had a girlfriend.
Student- Oh, yeah, that's donezo.
Me- Okay, well what's your type?
Student- Just...not busted.
Reasons I Love Teaching High School
Today, apparently, was “man tank top day.” An absurd number of junior boys were wearing brightly colored sleeveless shirts. I felt like I was teaching in some sort of 80s music video. Also, one of my senior boys asked one of my senior girls to prom at lunch. He got the entire cafeteria quiet and sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and on the line “…to...