Because I'm cool like this, I start many of my classes with a Stand-and-Deliver question of the day. What's the last thing that you Googled? Describe what you would want for your last supper. What's the song most likely to lodge itself in your head? Name one book that everyone should read.
Technically, it's a more engaging form of roll-call. Plus, it provides students with frequent opportunities to speak in front of an audience in an informal and ungraded fashion. (Public speaking premise number one: repeated exposure yields improvement.)
A recent prompt asked students to identify one past or present fashion trend that never should have happened. The answers were fabulous: jean shorts (jorts) for men, gauchos, shoulder pads, puffy eighties bangs that curled both under and backward, the rat tail, extreme bell bottoms, leggings-as-pants, Ugg boots, black choker necklaces, the hairstyle where two small strands were pulled down as bangs to flank either side of your face, and -- of course -- the mullet.
Ah, the mullet. It's wrong on so many levels, but I have a confession. At one point in time, both of my older girls flirted with the mullet. They hit a stage where the hair in the back grew more quickly and fully than the hair in the front, and the result was an adorable child who just happens to have a mullet because their mother (me) could not quite bear the thought of a first haircut.
My youngest just might be nearing this point. I'm not ready to approach her with scissors because she has these amazing curls, and how can I bring myself to sever those precious wispy strands when she's still so small?
Until I'm ready, all I have to say is this:
Party in the back.