Thursday, September 14, 2006


Well, we're all back in the groove of things. We've got almost 3 weeks of school under our belts and the weather has taken a turn- not for the worse, just that fall crispness.

Claire has survived her first spelling test of the year and has another tomorrow. It is the bane of our existence, as I have always been pretty good at spelling. (previous statement guaranteed to make this post have at least one spelling error)It is hard for me to understand her difficulty with spelling and I find myself becoming impatient with her. There goes my damn Mother of the Year award...

Lydia lost another tooth- that makes 4 since school started on Aug. 28. She opted out of the tooth fairy, saying she wanted to keep her tooth til she was in 8th grade. Fine by me.

I have given my first chapter test and have already put off grading it. Have I mentioned how much I. Hate. Grading. Papers.? There's always that one student whose paper you are tempted to keep putting to the bottom of the pile because it is just THAT horrendous. It is such a blow to my self esteem- I keep wondering what the hell is wrong with me that this poor dopey kid can't conjugate his way out of a wet paper bag.

Observations of some of our more colorful students:

Goth BoPeep- I swear I thought I was hallucinating when I first saw her. She truly looks like
Amelia Bedelia in a frilly black and white, ruffly, lacy dress and bloomers. We are talking Swiss Colony Cheese Girl. But, she has this goth element going on- heavy eye makeup and hair dyed burgundy. I can't for the life of me wrap my brain around the look she's going for.

She-Man- This is a girl that I had as a student way back when she was in middle school. When she came to my class on the first day, I remember double checking my roster to see if it was correct, that this child was indeed female. Yep, she was. She was beyond tomboy- I never even really regarded her as female. Fast forward 6 years, she has her hair cut short like a boy, she dresses in boy' clothes and has some kind of flattening device to make her chest flat. And, today? She was all cozy with another girl at the lockers. Do not get me wrong- I am just fine with all kinds of diverse lifestyles- I was just a little shocked that she would be this "out" in high school. Last year I read the book Middlesex and ever since then I've been more aware of the possibility that students could be trans-gendered. (can't wait to see the hits I get for this post...)

Homecoming Queen- polar opposite of She Man. He is delightful and so, so much fun to have in class. He is currently very, very excited about the Homecoming Queen coronation to be held next week. I think he wishes he could be crowned, but is settling for being an escort and campaigning heavily for one of the girls on the court. The thing with this kid is that his family is ultra conservative and not so accepting of a gay lifestyle. My hope for him is that he be comfortable with who he is and that his family will love him and accept him no matter what.

This weekend, Mr. T is going up river with a bunch of guys. It's their annual Botel weekend- they rent a houseboat go up the Mississippi to Northeast Iowa, around McGregor- beautiful, scenic area. They bring their guitars and talk music and politics and have a good time. The girls and I will attend 2 soccer games on Saturday and maybe make homemade pizza and watch something girlie like Freaky Friday or The Parent Trap.

I hope all of you get the chance to enjoy some nice Fall weather this weekend!


Blogger happychyck said...

I can picture your students so well--even Goth BoPeep. I don't have any queens or she-men this year, but I do have a few who would totally go Goth to the extreme whatever if they could figure out how to work the dress code. (Polo shirts just don't cut it.)

Don't you find that nothing much shocks you anymore? Sometimes I'll see these extreme looking kids at the mall whose appearance is just screaming, "Go ahead! Make a comment you dull adult, you!" But I just see them and think, "Eh, you may think you're being all different, but your teenage angst isn't that unique. You'll grow up."

9/16/2006 11:04 PM  
Blogger Wendy Boucher said...

Wow, I really enjoyed your description of the kids in your class. More please?!

9/18/2006 5:51 PM  

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