Month: November 2014

On Leo.

<My 4B was very enthusiastic about Leo’s performance in the 5-minute clip we watched today after our reading. Here are some of their snippets.>

“Oooooo, helloooo!”

“His lips are on fleek.”

“He’s looking at me. He’s looking at me.”

“IS THAT HIS BLOOD?”
“No, it’s his friend’s blood.”
“Oh good, okay. He’s still alive and beautiful.”

“LEAVE HIM ALONE. His best friend just died. He’s sensitive. You don’t understand him like I do.”

On profanity in literature.

<Student reading Mercurio’s part cusses, as scripted, in the middle of class.>
“Miss! You never let me cuss!”
“That was Shakespeare cussing, not her.”
“She didn’t even do it right. Let me read that part, I’ll really mean it. It’ll be better.”

On being one of the girls.

Boy-child: “How come you didn’t share your candy with me?”
Girl-child: “I HAD to share my candy with her, she’s my girlfriend. It’s like girl code”
Boy-child: “Are you saying I’m not your girlfriend?”
Girl-child: “You’re a boy.”
Boy-child: “Miss V! She’s using gender roles in your classroom!”

On choosing the right part.

<Today, my students were acting out the fight scene from Act III, scene i of Romeo and Juliet. With pool noodles.>

<Student reads ahead for his next line.>
“Wait a minute – cut!”
“What’s wrong?”
“I DIE in this scene?”
“Yep. Keep going.”
“No. No way. No way can V— kill me. He can’t even hit me with this sword”
“You should have picked Romeo when you volunteered, then”
“Romeo’s an idiot.”
“Okay, well, Romeo kills Tybalt, so…die.”
“Nah, Miss, I picked Tybalt because he’s all violent and cool! And I only get to kill one dude before I die?”
“Well, sometimes people who are angry and violent meet and untimely death.”
“I know you’re trying to teach me a life lesson here, but I’m not going to learn it.”

On chosen roles.

<When given the opportunity to select a role to read for Act I, scene v, one of my boy-children chose Nurse, and read the whole thing in a high-pitched, breathy tone.>

“My parents are going to ask, ‘What did you do at school today?’ And they’ll hear: ‘I was a sexy nurse!'”
“I’m going to get a parent phone call, aren’t I?”
“Probably just to make sure I’m not lying.”