Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Longer


Ninth grade special ed English class. They were doing a lesson on comparative and superlative adjectives.

The instructional aide warned me that fifth period was a bit challenging. Freshman boys? That's kind of like warning me I'll get wet when it's raining.

Liam did all the usual delay tactics. No pencil. No paper. Not sure what to do. Then the assurance he was brilliant and could complete the whole assignment with minimal effort.

Although, when Liam finally did do some work (I was shocked), he did breeze through the first two sets of questions. (I did not check his work, so it might have been sloppily and incompletely done.) The third set of questions had words he was to put in a sentence. Number one was "funny".

I didn't much care what his sentences were, but he felt the need to announce them. (Notably, no other boys in the class felt this need.)

Then he got to number three. "Longer".

Liam: "Mine is longer than everyone's, especially Carl."

I should have seen this coming. Because, seriously, they do have a one track mind.

Me: "There will be no comparing of body parts."

Liam: "I can't say, 'My arms are longer than Carl's?'"

Carl: "I'd say, 'My legs are longer than Liam's.'"

Uh huh. Sure. Arms and legs were what they were thinking. And Mexico is going to pay for that wall.

Freshman boys. Deep sigh.

Yes, they do grow out of it. Eventually.

24 comments:

  1. Truly a sighing and face palm moment.

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  2. Makes me wonder if maybe my husband is still a freshman boy. ;)

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    1. I don't think they ever truly grow out of it entirely ;)

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  3. Hi Liz - as Alex says 'typical' ... cannot expect anything else can we really! Cheers Hilary

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  4. our student name of the week, Davyd, is apropos as I'm listening to a discussion on the Netflix show 'Russian Doll' & the headwriter is called 'Leslye'. Um, l-y-e is something you don't want to drink.

    Comparative/superlative stuff is fun. Liam and Carl thought they were really funny, no doubt.

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    1. Yup, I'm sure they thought it was hilarious. Both the aide and I rolled our eyes.

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  5. Boys become men, and their minds will still be focused on body parts of one sort or the other.

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  6. Ahh yes...Boys but, the sad fact is, I am not sure they grow out of it. When Gary Cooper bought a Duesenberg and it was very long. Cooper was known for his, ahem, prowess. Clark Gable heard about the car so he bought a Duesenberg as well...it was a few inches longer.

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  7. Okay, I totally laughed at that wet when it rains thing. Although I have to disagree with the "they grow out of it" part. I never met a guy who did.

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  8. "That's kind of like warning me I'll get wet when it's raining." <---Never has a truer sentence been spoken. (Written?)

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  9. Boys come equipped with one track and it always runs the same direction. You have to laugh.

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  10. Was there giggling with it when they were talking about longer? I could see that too. It is good they do eventually grow out of it :)

    betty

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  11. I would be grateful there aren't comparing political ideology.
    Coffee is on

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  12. Ah yes, my teenage Barbarians had that same one track mind yesterday when they were joking around instead of setting the table for tea. Not sure they really do ever grow out of it though ;)

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  13. One thought occupies their minds for a very long time.

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  14. I was the same at that age, female or not. :) Still am, half the time.

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  15. My laugh of the day because I doubt they will ever grow out of it.

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