Students don't generally talk to me. Sometimes it's like being that proverbial. fly on the wall. They talk around me like I'm not there.
Sometimes the things I glean from snippets are brilliant, silly, or entertaining. Or shocking.
Scene #1: Period 4
Stephanie sat down in front of the instructional aide (IA).
"Do you think we'll make it?"
Apparently, Stephanie just learned her boyfriend had cheated on her. (I got that from bits of the conversation.) The IA didn't have much advice--more of a shrugging of shoulders. As I had not been included in the conversation (and I didn't know the particulars), I kept my mouth shut.
Scene Aside: Period 2
Angel was supposed to be doing computer work, but she got sidetracked. She was looking up images online.
To her friend: "This one looks like my dad's mug shot. He looked this angry."
They were looking at actual mug shots.
Scene #2: Period 5
Student to me: "What's the date?"
I told her.
"No! It's my father's birthday. I forgot."
Well, clearly not. I reasoned that the day wasn't over yet, so a "happy birthday" after school should be fine.
Stephanie: "That happened to me. I forgot my boyfriend's birthday. I would have forgotten completely if he had not called..." He told her it was a special day. She asked if he was being released. No. It was his birthday.
Released. As in, from prison. Yep, Stephanie's boyfriend is in jail.
Scene #3: Period 7
Stephanie and Angel were talking. Stephanie was still upset over cheating boyfriend.
Stephanie: "Is he now homosexual?"
Angel: "When my dad got out after 12 years, he was fine..."