crying and screaming students..help!

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  1. b-radical

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    I don't think that will work. We use a vocabulary course (which I like) that teaches prefixes, suffixes, and the Greek and Latin base words. They've taken to that--they see the connection between their core classes in what they're learning in vocab.

    I think what I'm trying to get at is solidifying the link so many of them felt today between the 'waz up' signal above the waist, the subterranean language of middle schoolers, and the 'thou art as loathsome as a toad'--the kind of invective my shy students would use.

    ideas? Too much for e-mail?
     
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    Hm. That, I will have to think on.
     
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    As I mentioned, I think I'm a happy accident kind of teacher. Always three weeks (at least) behind, never satisfied with the status quo.

    Again, thanks for letting me share this journey with you. I have NO clue what we're doing tomorrow... but as you said, "No holds Bard."

    By the way, do you ever sleep?
     
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    I keep odd hours, let's put it that way.

    Some thoughts on the signal issue: Cockney rhyming slang, professional jargon, and thieves' cant, among others, are all about in-group language and its functions - that would be pragmatics/sociolinguistics, and visiting Answers.com (http://www.answers.com) to look up each of those might produce some useful results.

    The administration might be scandalized, but you could share Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English...
     
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    I'm so proud of you, Good Job!!! I hope we can all have many experiences similar to this!!!!

     
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    If you really want to impress him, throw a few of my favorite mama jokes at him:

    Yo' mama's so short, you can see her feet on her driver's license.
    Yo' mama's so fat, she fell in love and broke it.
    Yo' mama's so ugly, a paper bag is scared to cover her face.
    Yo' mama's so old, her social security number is 2.
     
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    Signal issues: What's Cockney rhyming and thieves' can't? I'm intrigued!!!

    And I'm all about scandalizing administration---I have a copy of Partridge's Slang and Unconventional English....and so far, I've not been fired.

    As for the generous "yo' mama" contributions....Mr. G. (the student) will be impressed...And what a way to end the week!!

    I get the odd hours, by the way.
     
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    I agree with the above people. You have to stick to your guns. They need to blame us. Please know that this goes on no matter how long you have been teaching. I teach 9th grade physical science, gave a very detailed directions and requirements for a project and the lab report conclusion that followed. They tried to blame me, but keep multiple copies of my guidelines and the direction sheet for them to read. I show it to them and tell them that this topic is closed for discussion and walk away. When they start pitching toddler tantrums, then I tell them to blame themselves b/c when they don't do the work, they fail themselves. I sound like a mocking bird, but it has gotten to the point that the kids just shake their heads and don't play the blame game directly at me. Hang in there. We are in a tough profession. You are doing the right thing.
     
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    The paper trail is all important. You've done an awsome job of it (and are seeing WHY it's so important to CYA). The sad truth is that by high school the kids have learned how to keep all their personal and family dysfunctions out of sight of teachers and the school. The "attitude", acting out, and "poor me" games are mostly all that dribbles out of these. Most of the kids are looking for some reasonable boundries, reasonable structure, and reasonable -approval- of who they are and what they can do. They may never let you know it but they will eventually respect you (in their therapy sessions during their 50's).
     

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