I do bellworks with my students each day as an acitivity to have them come right in to class and get working. It keeps the order and lets me take care of the stupid housekeeping things. I like to get them thinking, get an idea of what they are thinking about, etc. This was a bellwork called Answers where I gave them a category and they had to fill out three answers. I just compiled some of them - some are hilarious, some are poignant, but they all are a decent peek into the mind of a modern teen.
What is quiet?
A corpse, libraries, serenity
What is sneaky?
A child sneaking a cookie, me using my mom’s credit card, ninjas, snipers, assassins, organized religion, Santa, the hobgoblin that lives under my bed, Mrs. Seegmiller
What is rough?
Discount toilet paper, sex, calloused hands, football, wrestling, puberty, talking to my father
What is impossible?
Figuring out why chickens don’t pee, flying without wings, cute newborns, guys, licking my own elbow, going a day without tripping, not getting a blood rush from hanging upside down
What is bright?
God’s love, girls, my soul
What is unhealthy?
Cancer, McDonald’s, not brushing teeth, raw eggs, brushing your teeth with Jack Daniel’s, jumping off cliffs, walking into walls
What is soft?
My friend’s biceps, my hair, pillows, my blankie, grass
What is proud?
A kiss, my parents, professional athletes, my mom (hopefully),
What is funny?
Short people, me, little kids spinning around until they are dizzy, listening to my generation speak, Ellen Degeneres, Brian Regan, Larry the Cable Guy, Dane Cook, Mrs. Seegmiller, my class
What is outrageous?
Birds flying into my window, fake nails, blinding white teeth
What is beautiful?
Mrs. Seegmiller, my truck, dirt, 1967 Mustang, girls, my friend’s mom, charity, books, my non-existent boyfriend, dancing, culture
What is depressing?
My bra size, dropped pizza, Edward isn’t real, running out of ice cream, divorce, that I will never be with Jacob, people who kill books with movies, my math grade, losing an entire PowerPoint, spilling juice on your shoes, people starving,
What is dull?
What is empty?
My skull, my brother’s head, my bank account, my gas tank, my dad’s wallet will be soon, my love life, my dog’s brain
What is unbelievable?
Seegy’s wit, evolution, the big bang theory, bowling with a cast, September 11, Pearl Harbor, fairy tales, walking on water
What is striped?
The flag, student’s shirts, a bad tan
What is complicated?
Girls, government, soufflé, math, relationships, love, chemistry, lemon meringue pie,
What is frightening?
My mom when she is mad, old men
What is inevitable?
Farts, puberty, sagging, getting old, thinning hair, sorrow, taxes, death, adulthood, grades
What is green?
My dog’s poop, grass, shirts