Wednesday

thou shalt not . . .

I have found a new hobby. Its a bit mean, but its quite fun. Its called, "Lying to 7th graders". Sometimes they see right through my lies (like when I told them that we get paid $6 a month and that Robin and I have to alternate days in which we can eat dinner), but other times I can sneak one by 'em. For example . . .

The other day I was writing a test, and I needed a reading section that was related to movies. So I wrote up a review about a fake movie called Lunch with Grandma. It was about a boy from Canada who is attending college in the U.S. His grandmother invites him to come visit her for a week. Reluctantly, he decides to go see her. He has a great lunch with her, and the next day she dies. The students had to read it and answer comprehension questions. The day after the test, we were going over it, and they asked me if it was a real movie. Of course, I told them that it was. Some believed me and some were skeptical. I told them to go to the video store and ask for it. I even went so far as to promise them that if they could find it, rent it and bring it in, we would watch it in class. I figured my sinister smile would give away the fact that I was strectching the truth.

This morning one of the kids came in and told me that the video store by his house did not have Lunch with Grandma. I felt kinda bad. I really didn't think anyone would actually try to find it. However, the idea of a student going to the counter and requesting a bogus movie (whose English title was probably not understood by the guy working at the time) made me smile a bit.

I wonder what I can get them to do next.