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And before you know it…

Bianca! Bailey!-

How are my top two favorite people on this earth (not counting Barack Obama, Katy Perry and Eric Bana) doing? I miss you guys so much! Truly, I’ve forgotten what you two look like. It’s been THAT long. I hope your holiday shenanigans were absolutely incredible and haven’t left you with too many holiday pounds that you’ll have to burn off in the new year (I’m up 4, but who’s counting – oh yeah – ME).

Yesterday was my first day back to work after the (much needed) long winter break. Believe it or not, I was actually really excited to come back to work and see my students. It’s hard not to get attached to the little buggers. I mean, during the school year I see them more than their parents do!

In any event, we’ve been doing a lot of fun, new technology based activites as part of my professional resolution to use technology as much as possible. My kids are social networking, BLOGGING and practicing flashcards online. Woot woot! With all the excitement and new activities, the kids have been extremely well behaved and I haven’t been hating my job! (I know it’s only day 2 back, but whatever.) With all their great behavior and bright and shiny smiles I know
you’ll be just as baffled as I am with what I overheard in the lunch line. Here’s the scoop:

I’m walking my students down to get their delicious(?) and nutritious(?) school lunch. Normally I just drop them off at the end of the hall and they go on their merry way to the cafeteria, but I had some students that needed to stay in recess (for being bad) so I had to hand deliver a note to the behavior gal in the lunch room. Just as I’m walking in behind a student I hear, “Ya! Ya! And before you know it they’re sucking your dick for smarties.”

I’m serious. This came out of a fourth grader. A 10 year old. Probably the smallest, teeniest one that you could possibly confuse with a second grader.

[Pausing so you can pick up your jaw and wrap your mind around that one.]

Honestly. I didn’t know what to do. Seriously, what do you say to that?! How do you punish that? How do you explain why that is inappropriate to a TEN YEAR OLD?!  I just passed him off to the behavior lady and told her he said something really inappropriate because I didn’t know what else to do.

I have two reactions:

1) WTF!?!?!?!?! How did he learn that? Does he actually know what that means? Where did he hear it? Why did he choose smarties? Are there really elementary school girls doing that? And for smarties?

2) Pretty impressed that this child has two different vocabularies. One that he uses in my classroom and one that he uses everywhere else. I mean, that’s a pretty good skill for a 10 year old. I know have two vocabularies – one for teaching and one for everything else, but I’m twenty middle. I think it’s pretty impressive that he’s able to filter himself so well that I would never know he has such a mouth on him.

Figuring out how to tell his (Spanish speaking) mother,
Bridget

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