Wednesday, June 3, 2015
No Charlie, No
The things teens latch onto...
I was at the continuation high school covering that school's equivalent of a learning center. Any RSP student could go there for extra help, and over the course of the day several did. But like the Learning Center at other schools, some of them needed a push to get on task.
"Have you heard of the Charlie Charlie Challenge?"
Not then, but unfortunately now I am very familiar with it. (LINKS: CNN's take. Time's take.)
I forbade it in class, but they're not good with the listening. They'd start. I'd stop them. But 6th period was my prep, so that's what they did while I wasn't there.
(Briefly: They balance two pencils over a paper that has "yes" and "no" written on it. Then they ask it questions. Apparently there are lots and lots of videos, so if you want more information about the fad, Google it. It's everywhere now.)
7th period they were all freaked out.
"Your phone's in the trash." The instructional assistant (IA) informed a student. He did go "digging in the trash" for that. (Teens do have priorities.)
How did it get in there?
Another student: "Charlie did it!"
Sure. I'm certain some fictional spirit took your cell phone and threw it in the trash because you did not "close" correctly. /sarcasm
The boy looked for a logical explanation. Perhaps it fell out of his pocket when he leaned over? Except he keeps the phone in the other pocket.
The whole room erupted in chaos. "We're haunted," they said.
The bell rang to end the day. The kiddos escaped the horror.
The IA turned to me. She indicated that the boy's phone has been precariously perched on the desk over the trash can. She heard it fall in...
So, yeah, no Charlie. I officially detest this "game".