Friday, April 14, 2017

Listening In


I was called in to cover a 12th grade government class. (17 and 18 year olds.) It's the time of year when they're almost done with high school, so unless the lesson plan says otherwise, I tend to find a seat and let them be.

(They had a bookwork assignment. Half of them did it.)

It's like being a fly on the wall.

"He only committed fourteen armed robberies..."

Apparently there was video, too. This guy was a cousin or boyfriend of the girl who was speaking. (At one point she talked of him like he was a relative. At another, she was sad he was going away for a long time like a girlfriend would be. So, I can't be sure.)

If I don't have anything to offer to the conversation (like, they're saying something that's factually incorrect), I just listen.

"Have you ever gone commando?"

It was a group of four, sort of. One boy was kind of in, kind of out of the conversation. (He was working on the assignment, but he contributed the odd comment.) But the main contributors were two boys and a girl.

"Yeah, it felt weird."

So, the question came up of how this came to be...

"I was in a hurry."

To which they replied that if one is in a hurry, perhaps it isn't the underwear that gets missed. Perhaps it's the pants.

But someone was waiting, and the car was started, and...

Yeah, it's fun to listen in when the kiddos talk. They come up with the strangest topics.

What is the strangest thing you've ever discussed with your friends? What is the strangest thing you've ever discussed in a high school classroom?

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28 comments:

  1. Okay, it has been a while, but I think the strangest thing we ever discussed was a boy we'd seen leaning back in the bleachers with his girlfriend sitting above him and his head resting in her crotch. There was a similar scene in the Shakespeare play we were reading.....
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  2. I think we saved our dirtiest secrets for note-passing.

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    1. Ah, note passing... They don't do that anymore. *deep sigh* I loved notes. I would take photos and post them here.

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  3. We discussed sex a lot, LOL. Mainly who we thought was doing it, etc. But that was a long time ago; graduated in 1975.

    betty

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  4. I don't remember really juicy conversations right now. I'll probably think of a good one later after I turn the computer off :P

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  5. In my line of work (I had some odd conversation) with my clients.
    Both of mental illness issues.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Yeah, you would have us beat in the weird department.

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  6. haha...I am sure that in my time we had some interesting and strange things we talked about in high school but at this stage in life I don't remember them....or is it that I decided to block them out?! haha.....anyway, its probably best that I keep my strange conversations to myself!

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    1. I bet you're blocking them out ;)

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  7. Whoa, for a mother of an 8 year old this is what I should brace myself for?

    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2017/04/a-z-blogging-challenge-lose-it.html

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    1. Yup ;)

      Not every kiddo is the same. For every crazy conversation, I have a perfectly normal conversation with the kiddos. Don't worry.

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  8. I remember having a hickey on my neck in ninth grade that I didn't try to hide. A bully girl growled, "I'll bet you're an animal in bed." I blushed. She was right. If I were the norm, Tamara should worry. But we aren't all the same for sure. My strangest high school conversation might have been with my algebra teacher. He was really fun, an older guy with a repaired cleft pallet, and I got so far ahead in class that I drew a picture of him when bored. Mr. Minnick was kind enough to appreciate my intent and talent. It's a fond memory of a trying age. Be well!

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    1. It sounds like the picture wasn't mocking, so I'm sure he appreciated it.

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  9. It's interesting, as the parent of two women in their 20's, to remember the conversations I overheard when they were in high school. Some of what they and their friends said ... weird stuff, but most of them grew out of it.

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    1. Yeah, it's funny what they'll talk about. Even when someone can overhear.

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  10. LOL you can over hear some strange convos for sure. Most of my strange ones are, erm, not appropriate for your blog. lol

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  11. Oh wow...I hope the girl will distance herself...hopefully sooner than later from this person. Oh my...I'm not going to tell what I talk,about but some may blush

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    1. I hope so too. But visiting in prison was part of the conversation...

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  12. Hi Liz - I can't remember that far back ... some kids at the bus stop said the other day ... they'd like an old age bus pass - I said I think they should enjoy their life without one - age comes along too quickly ... they were slightly shocked that someone aged had talked to them!!!

    Cheers Hilary

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  13. Only 14 armed robberies, eh?! Sheesh, you'd think they'd give the guy a break!

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  14. I love that unique idea of displaying the letter in knitting. I knit too,
    but I seem to only find the time for it in the winter. I guess I'll have
    to start watching more TV because that's when I like to pick up my
    knitting.
    I like your writing style.

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    1. Thanks. It is harder to knit when it gets warmer. I know my palms get all sweaty.

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  15. Oh dear. The kids in my class only talk about Minecraft and unicorns!

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    1. I'm jealous. At least they're too young for the drug conversations...

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  16. I can't thing of anything right now but the strange conversations don't stop at the teen years.

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    1. But the teens have a different sort of strange. We don't realize it because when we were teens we thought as teens do, and then we grew up. It's a culture shock to go back and listen to them now.

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  17. Umm… :)

    Unfortunately, I saved some email conversations I had with friends in my teens on up into my twenties and I am sooooo embarrassed to look at them now. I'm like "did I really say that?!?"

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    1. I had the '80s version of that--passed notes. I think I still have them someplace...

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