Okay, so I really don’t stalk the locker room, but I do pick up on some interesting things in my classroom and in the hallways. I've bribed a few former students into doing my dirty lurking. And I have some classes willing to answer some questions.
My students have only been in school a week, but I was able to do a little spying and a lot of asking. Here’s the low down on all things teen (at least this month, in my school).
What they’re watching
Love and Hip Hop, Pretty Little Liars, Southpark, Regular Show, Awkward, The Inbetweeners, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teen Wolf, Swamp People, Beyblade, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Workaholics
Movies they’re excited about
Anchorman II, Breaking Dawn II, Wreck-it-Ralph, Finding Nemo 3D, The Hobbit, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
What they’re listening to
Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Ace Hood, Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Brad Paisley, Kenye
Some went to see this guy in concert
What they’re saying
swerve: Used in place of "swag". Derived from the lyrics of "Mercy" by Kanye West, it is commonly slipped into conversation in response to a "Ballin'" remark. (from Urban Dictionary)
Some oldies but goodies
bet: yes OR okay OR I agree
neck: what you say when someone does something stupid, sometimes accompanied by a slap on the neck.
What they’re wearing
Anything from this
This monthly feature is generally light and fun, but I want to make it meaningful. I’ve got a few “spies” and a few classes who keep this old lady young and updated. And they answer every question I ask them (sometimes it’s a little TMI). So, if you’ve got particular teen things you want to know for future Tales from the Locker Room, leave a comment. Or send it in an email. And as long as it’s something within the ethical realm of my teacherly self to ask, I will.