“mrs.russ, do you know how to cook?”Posted: October 21, 2011
Of course I can cook. I make a mean lasagna, and my meatloaf isn’t too bad either according to my husband, our neighbor downstairs, and a singing troubador.
When my students asked me this question, I told them the same thing, highlighting my most famous recipes. Their response was an eruption of laughter. Finally a nice girl clued me in on the 8th grade code – “cook” is a dance move. In case you’re wondering, I do not “cook”.
Then I learned about “baking”. Not the seasonal baking that I enjoy, and not the baking that a certain subgroup enjoys in back of the school underneath the bleachers. I was accused of attempting to “bake” when I threw attitude back at my students. For example:
student: “what’s that smell?”
me: “must be your upper lip”
student: “no mrs.russ, don’t try and bake”
I learned so many things from my 8th graders this week, and I remembered why I love teaching so much. It really is so much fun to interact with students every day, especially when they’re learning to be real people – good, hygenic, sarcastic people.
One of my favorite moments was when a student raised his hand and said, ever so seriously,
“Mrs. Russ, I have something important to tell you.”
“Ok” I said, “What is it?”
“I need some candy.”