My students often speak and act as though they are much older than they really are. They feel as though they must walk around with a sense of maturity and engage in street talk in an effort to not look "soft." R is no different. He will often attempt to look and sound like the leader of the class in terms of this verbiage. As such, the following dialogue in class caught me off guard.
Mr. A: "So it's pretty cool guys because we were given a lot of book donations and our class library has grown so you have more choices."
R: "Oh, that's tight! Did you get any Pippi Longstocking?"
Mr. A: "Um...not really sure how to answer this question. Oddly enough, yes, I do have a Pippi Longstocking book."
R: "That's dope kid!"
This was the first installment of my shock. The next piece of this shock happened a little bit later in the class period when R attempted to belittle the all powerful Mr. A.
Mr. A: "Are there any other questions about the expectations?"
R: "No offense Mr. A, but you is not that cool. You need a woman."
Mr. A: "Huh, this coming from the guy whose favorite is Pippi Longstocking."
R: "That's not my favorite."
Mr. A: "That makes more sense."
R: "Yeah, Swiss Family Robinson is my favorite."
Mr. A: "I...I mean...I got nothing."