|"I'm hip. I'm with it."|
-We talked about similes recently, and instead of using boring examples, I turned to my girl Miley. "I came in like a wrecking ball..." (Don't worry, there were not any accompanying pictures or videos.)
-I have a classroom Instagram account where I post pictures of what we're doing, helpful study tips, and homework reminders. Oh, and I use emojis like whoa.
Earlier this week, I designed a lesson over expository free writing that I thought was another example of me being in tune with "kids these days". The other English teachers and I gave our kids 3 prompts to choose from, and I showed some video clips and pictures that went with the prompts to get their creative juices flowing. I was feeling very confident about my lesson!
|"7th graders? No problem."|
Well, there's nothing like a bunch of middle schoolers to bring you right back to reality. It turns out that some of my example choices were (gasp!) dated! In fact, I referred to some things that they had never even heard of! How is this possible! I am OLD!!
So, in an effort to make you feel old too and to help myself feel better, I'd like to share what/who my students didn't know about.
1) Gilmore Girls
This show was on the air from 2000-2007 when my kids were still drinking out of sippy cups, but it is one of my favorites. I have all of the seasons on DVD and I watch them all the time, so it broke my heart to hear that my students, especially the girls, didn't know about Lorelai and Rory. Let's get this show back on instead of whatever crap Disney is showing these days.
2) The Brady Bunch
3) Presidents George Bush & George W. Bush
So to sum up, I'm old now. I'm off to try and figure out how tumblr works and to scour the newsstands for the latest issue of J-14. Please tell me that still exists...