For my life skills class today (a.k.a. "Advisory"), we discussed best practices for studying. I figured this was an appropriate topic since New York State Regents Examinations begin tomorrow. Plus, it always shocks me how my students have no idea how to prepare for an exam.
Truthfully, the initial portion of this conversation depressed me and I started to wander down the, "Can I really make a difference with these kids?" route. In order to avoid emotional suicide, I decided to throw a question to the class, hoping active participation would lift my spirits.
"For those of you who have passed some of the Regents, what advice would you give to your fellow students? You know, if they actually decide to study."
After a few standard responses like "Avoid facebook dawg," and "Look over your notes, like, at least twice," a fairly vocal, but frequently absent female student blurted, "Don't go to y'all significant others' houses to study! How you think I had my son? I was 'studyin!' Whack. Hehehehehe!"
I really hope my students didn't leave the classroom with the idea that excessive studying may cause pregnancy.