I'm a 22yo tattooed fitblr. The fact that I'm now teaching painting to middle schoolers who use Tumblr is weird. But, if nothing else, the conversations are hilarious:
On my age: Were you born in the nineteen hundreds?
Upon learning I have a blog: Wait.... how do you know about Tumblr!?
Showing up late to class: I was on Reddit last night. You don't get it. My parents don't let me drink coffee. You'd be late too if it wasn't for that thing. (Referring to Starbucks in my hand.)
On my lesson plans: Did you get this off of Pinterest? (The answer was yes.)
When I told them how many followers I have: Oh my god, you really have no life huh? You weren't kidding.
When we all realized we followed the Doctor Who blog: (as a class) BRILLIANT!!
Later, when I asked a student to pay attention: *silently holds up cellphone playing a "hahaha no" gif.* (I couldn't even be mad.)
When I told them I blog about my life: Wait... do you blog about this class? Do you blog about me!?
...and then: I better not see this in my dash later.
So today, while I was snacking on a tiny cup of vanilla ice cream a student gave me, another student told me she was on a diet. When I told her she was too young to diet, she got really upset and said “no I’m not—I’m eleven!”
I don’t think there’s any way for me to do it, but every little molecule in my body wants to go talk with her mom. I guess they’re both dieting together. I don’t know what to do, but my heart just totally broke during class today.
I just don’t know if there’s anything I can do to help…
(Names have been altered slightly, just in case.)
Josie: I have a new crusshhhhh
Matt: Me too! On a boy!
Pearl: You're a boy with a crush on a boy?
Matt: Yeah he's really cute.
(pause for a bit)
Matt: Boys can like boys. I just an't marry him because boys can't marry boys.
Me: Yeah they can. You can marry whoever you want.
Josie: YEAH my tia has a wife so now I have a titi and a auntie.
Matt: Okay. Then maybe I'll marry him.
Dave: (from across the room) No you can't you're seven.
(Age was apparently the only foreseeable problem anyone of my elementary schoolers could see with gay marriage. I almost cried out of happiness. Later, when I was asked if boys could kiss anyone they wanted, I replied "only if they want to kiss you back." And Josie responded "Yeah! Your body your life.")
My students are the shit.
For all my under-18 followers. A friend of mine just posted this.
As a teacher, I can relate.
Also, I think it’s hilarious that I’m old enough to be your teacher hahahaha
I’m gonna need some backup today.