Sunday, April 8, 2012
Mean Girls, OMG Moments, and Kids Who Don't Shower
"That's why her hair is so big. It's full of secrets." "She's fabulous... but she's evil." High school mentality, at its finest... Mean Girls. High school is full of them, and popular movies depict them well. They're conniving, diabolical, and ruthless... but they're also smart, creative, and goal-oriented. Even if their goals are making someone else's life Hell, or buying the latest handbag. In a class discussion a few days ago, a fellow SRU student made the comment that a character in the assigned novel was "every girl I hated in high school." This comment stuck with me for days, and all I can say is, as future teachers, we have to be ready. We have to be ready for the incessant babble about boys, the "OMG, no she didn't," and the "I know, right?" moments. We have to be ready for the sex crazed hormones, the obsession over texting, and the insult that comes with no one liking someone else's Facebook status. We have to be ready for the kids who don't shower, the jocks who don't want to read, the kids who can't afford a notebook, and, yes, the girls you hated in high school. We're going to be teaching all of them. You can't pick and choose the kids that enter your classroom- it's our job to teach them all. Regardless of who YOU were in high school, we're all going to be the same thing. We, comprised of jocks, nerds, wallflowers, socialites, band geeks, and Comic Book fiends, are now on the other side. You may have "hated" high school... but you signed up to go back. You won't only have AP kids who all love to read. You won't have all poor kids who grew up just like you... and you have to be ready. You're going to be their teacher.