Sunday, September 13, 2009

Three weeks have passed...

I've spent the last three weeks among the 5th graders, and this is what I've learned:
1. 5th graders don't care about cutesy bulletin boards. Not even a little bit. The hours and hours you spent making sure everything was perfect? Not even noticed. You might as well forego the butcher paper and fabric and cutesy laminated cut outs.
2. 5th grade boys try to act tough. They think its cool to act like gangstas/pimps/thugs (at least where I work). This must be nipped in the bud ASAP.
3. Rites of passage seem to include: starting to wear deodorant, leg hair/shaving leg hair, training bras, and menstruation.
4. They are old enough to use nasty language and be disgusting, but are young enough to still like Hannah Montana. And High School Musical. Aaaaand the Jonas Brothers. (gag)
5. It is imperative that they begin wearing deodorant. Soon.


Aaron and Emily said...

This post made me laugh.

Amanda XOX said...

Oh I feel for you. Does the school give out sample size deodorants yet, or do you have to wait until the "speech" when the school nurse comes in to talk seperately to boys and girls?

Wendy said...

1. At least you don't have to spend all that time worrying about the bulletin boards anymore.
2. Please nip it in the bud. I bet a lot of those kids want to be like Kanye West, and he's a jackass.
3. Shaving their legs? In fifth grade? That was a junior high thing when I was a kid!
4. So true.
5. Maybe you can do a unit on hygiene? Perhaps on parent's night?