Saturday, May 29, 2010

None of these things have anything in common with each other:

1. So everyone's putting on facebook that Dennis Hopper died, but not knowing who on earth he was meant that I had to do a google image search. I found a few pics of Dennis Hopper (still don't recognize him), but this is what caught my eye . . . a picture titled "Paul Newman by Dennis Hopper, 1964." No idea if the photographer is the same Dennis Hopper, but it's one of the HOTTEST, most gorgeous photos I've ever freakin' seen:

seriously! can't stop staring!

2. After having now seen Sex and the City 2 twice, I still haven't conclusively decided on a favorite outfit (Carrie's cream/blue accented, long, flowy nightgown? Miranda's dress at Stanford's wedding? The gray, rope-waisted, mid-calf dress Carrie wore on the airplane to Abu Dhabi? The light pink billowy one shoulder dress with sequined turban? Carrie's Dior ensemble when she sees Aiden at the spice market?). The only thing I can say definitively was that my favorite thing worn in the movie were Carrie's gold glitter Louboutins from the opening scene. What was your favorite? Although it's always fun to look at SATC fashion, I'll admit that I was more stunned by the outfits in the first movie.

3. This morning I'm lazily drinking coffee and grading finals at my kitchen's bistro table when I get to ZT's final (some of you may remember ZT from here or here or here). Here are two (of many hilarious) answers to questions on his final exam:

I don't know how to rotate them, so you'll have to click on them to really see. The question in the first picture says: "In your opinion, what are some of the problems with the prison system in the U.S.? Use examples from things we've discussed in class." I was looking for answers such as: high recidivism rates, disproportionate incarceration of people of color, over 200 people exonerated from Death Row in the past 30 years, racial segregation and violence, and/or billions of dollars spent on the prison system that could be going to education, etc. Instead, I got ZT's answer. Notice how he switched up each "gang rape" with inverted/upside down letters, symbols, etc.

In the second picture, the question states the Miranda Rights as they currently are, and then asks the students to, considering what they've learned about arrest and incarceration, rewrite the Miranda warning to best protect the rights of arrested people. ZT's response:

You have the right to shut the fuck up. Any fucking thing you say will be used in court. You have the right to speak to a cracker. You will get a cracker if you can't afford one.

What do y'all think I should give him on his final? ;) Happy weekend!


Erika said...

Basically, your students should have their own comedy show - they are HILARIOUS! And you are a goddess for handling them so well!

Happy, Happy Memorial Weekend, my love!! :)

Brandywine said...

I think ZT answers are better than the "correct" answers. His response reflects a real world understanding from someone who appears to have lived those concepts on some level. Nice job ZT.
I would give him B+.

Gracie said...

I like that they are honest answers :) You have such interesting students and you are doing so well with them!

Meghan said...

Do you teach HS as well? I am a HS Social Studies teacher here in Chicago - and I know EXACTLY how you feel. I have many "interesting" students who would have responded the same way:)

Phoenix Peacock said...

I'm not sure how you found my blog - but thank you for the comment!
ZT cracks me up. This upcoming year I am interning with a bunch of teenage gang members... I have a feeling some of ZT's friends will be there! :)

Heather Taylor said...

I have not yet seen SATC2 but have been Googling the them!
Those answers are hilarious and certainly don't beat around the bush! I'd give them both A's myself, I just appreciate a sense of humor like that. And it is the end of the year!

Farah said...

I haven't seen SATC2 yet, it's still not out in Malaysia. =(

Your student is hilarious! I think no matter which part of the world you are in there are always going to be students who give answers like that, so says all my friends who are teachers/lecturers! ;)

Jess said...

Haha ZT sounds hilarious. What a straight up kid!
I'm excited to see all the outfit's in SATC2! I just have to wait for it to come out in New Zealand.

jozen said...

i haven't seen SATC yet (gasp!) i was suppose to watch it with my sis yesterday but she bailed on me! ended up watching iron man with my hubby (he refused to watch SATC) and i liked it!

Diana Mieczan said...

Hahhaha ZT what an answer....!!!
I adored SATC2...I probably will go again to see it...The long pink-orange Halston frock...was my favourite! But for real I would die for any of the outfits!
Kisses, darling!

chelsea rebecca said...

that photo is steammmy!
i love a scandalous pic!
i'm concluding that he has no clothes so its a beautiful thing! ahaha.

i CANNOT believe his answers!! too funny.. i guess in a way he is right but if i ever wrote that my teacher would have failed me! haha!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

oooh you have seen it twice :) good one!! I loved the orange Halston dress Carrie wears on the beach. And my favorite part was definitely the Minelli one! Loved Samantha dancing!!!
PS: Paul Newman was GORGEOUS!!!

drollgirl said...

you don't know who dennis hopper is?!?!? yeesh! you are young! or i am old!

in addition to being an actor, he was also a photographer. and a straight up freak from what i have heard and read!

bananas. said...

dennis hopper, hmmm...i'm trying to think what he's been in. i know who he is but i can't think of anything. you probably know too. but anyway, SATC. well you read my review. my fav outfit and shoes were the halston blue dress and yellow loubs. the gold ones were fab too but the yellow ones are more me.

as for ZT, i think he deserves more than a fail. he actually knows more of the miranda rights than me! haha. i mean can you fail him? he's a smart ass! love it!!!

Laura Loo said...

Paul Newman, yummmyyyy! I love looking at photos of him when he was young!!

also, I read all those stories of your students. Holy goodness!!!! absolutely craaaazy, and hilarious, and oh dearie. Must be very interesting for you to work there. I worked with high schoolers (who were immigrants from Mexico) and they were a bit like that but not as out there!! now I teach special ed K-5 and I get a LOT of funny quoteables every day, but on a different sort of level, haha.