February 24, 2011

I Found This While Reading Magazines at Work Today

This morning, my seventh graders were creating "Tuff Collages," a project we do each year while reading The Outsiders.  Any of my students can tell you that despite sounding the same, tuff has a very different meaning than tough.  Tuff means cool or impressive, and my students have a great time scouring magazines for the perfect images that represent this new vocabulary word. 

Not my collage... just one I found on the internet.
Because I was raised by a mother who taught me to never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn't do yourself, I am creating my own tuff collage with my students.  One of the things I really like about participating in this activity with my students is that I really get to see how well they know me.  Several times each period, students have torn out pictures and enthusiastically handed them to me saying, "Here, Miss (This is what they call me.), I know how much you love _______!"  And the best part is that they are usually right!  My current collection of photos from students includes fancy cupcakes, high heels, adorable animals, and some of my favorite celebrities.  (I only wish they paid so much attention to our grammar lessons!)

As I flipped through several magazines myself, I came across a quick blurb in a Working Mother magazine from August/September 2010 and thought it was hilarious... and so true! In my opinion, David Letterman's Daily Top 10 has nothing on this list!

Top 10 Things Only Women Understand
  1. Why it's necessary to have five pairs of black shoes.
  2. The difference between cream, ivory and off-white.
  3. A salad, a Diet Coke and a hot fudge sundae make a balanced lunch.
  4. Finding a designer dress on sale is a peak life experience.
  5. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
  6. A good man is hard to find; a good hairdresser is next to impossible.
  7. Why a phone call between two women never lasts under ten minutes.
  8. Crying can be fun.
  9. Fat clothes.
  10. Other women! 

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