I will so go to hell for posting this picture here. But really, it speaks so very loudly.
Last night was the second 7th/8th grade dance of the year. As if it was even possible, students were nastier than at the first dance. The things I saw/disciplined for included, but not limited to:
- touching; of the inappropriate and the more innocent natures
- excessive hip swinging
- excessive protesting for when they got caught and they knew it
Although I have to say, the boys were much more gentlemanly than at the previous dance. The girls, however, were a whole different story. For example, here's a conversation I had with one of my students near the end of the dance.
Me: Are you having fun?
Me: Are you having too much fun?
Girl: No! No, I'm not Ms. Ng!
Me: Don't you think the boys around you were having too much fun?
Girl: Yes, but I couldn't get out of the crowd! I was stuck in the middle! I wanted to move away, I swear!
(which, to be honest, is kind of fair. I got stuck in the middle of the crowd while trying to sift through the students and create a little space in that space-less amoeba)
Me: Did you tell them you wanted to move away?
Me: The boys at this school are very gentlemanly. If a girl asks for them to move away a little to get some air, they will oblige. However, if you don't ask, their (tiny hormonal peas for) brains won't think it.
(although, I suspect she actually liked the gaggle of boys that were dancing all around her when I pulled her out)
Dear girl students: RESPECT YOURSELVES! It's not just about inappropriate behavior at school - no. It is much more than that.
Dear boy students: FREAKING POOHCOW. Just because a girl wants to dance with you doesn't mean you need to be so nasty about it. Control is a very manly skill. Get some.