My favorite thing to do in the morning is resist responding to political ravings from a full-time and more-important-than-me co-worker. Lucky me, I got to do that today.
I love my Theory kids, and they like me too. Otherwise, they wouldn't yell (without hesitation), "Who talks like that?!?!" after hearing me say something like, "Some points of confusion were..." When, in response, I told them that my peers also make fun of me for how I talk, they laughed uproariously at my decision to use the word "peer." There is always some snickering when I use big/uncommon words (they learned "penultimate" today), but today was the most dramatic. It was all very funny.
During the next marking period I will approach this GM composition idea from a different angle. I played most of them today and had to BS my way through many that completely didn't follow the guidelines that I gave.
We had some visitors at the MS today; actors and authors from a recent movie about bullying. The leading lady played a girl who was 13-16, but she is actually 21. I heard that there was a pretty lady close to my age visiting (the boys were freaking out about her), so I went to visit her in the cafeteria. She really looked 14 though, so I just felt too weird trying to strike up a conversation with her in school, and didn't.
Oh, right, this is a blog about pedagogy, not date-ology. The real take-away from this is that all of the students were very distracted by the event, but there seems to be great potential for anti-bullying benefit from all that went on.