Recently, my school had spirit week. Now I love things like holidays and spirit week, any chance to dress up in something different than my regular school clothes! When I looked at the list I was a little surprised, the week started off normal enough with Pajama Day, Denim Day, and Sports Day (see photos below for some laughs!) Thursday puzzled me though, it was throwback day (awesome! I love decade days!), but we were throwing it back to the 90s! I mean when I think ‘Throwback’ I think of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. I was born in the 90s, it wasn’t that long ago! How are we throwing back to the 90s, it seems like we were just in the 90s.
Now, I know I am a young teacher, the second youngest at my school. I know I am young, but boy did that make me feel old! I have never in my life felt old, but telling me throwback day meant to the 90s I instantly felt like I was decrepit! These kids have no concept of time, I have on multiple occasions, responded to students with the phrase, “How old do you think I am?!” I have had students ask me if there was homecoming back when I was in school and If cell phones existed in ‘my time.’ One day, one of my students thought I was a boomer and that as we age and hit a new decade that we switch generations. She Thought at age 30, I was going to become a boomer. I believe I actually smacked my forehead with my hand at this point.
My students also have no idea how long things have been around. They will say something in class like, “That’s tough,” and they think they came up with the phrase. This happens all the time, I will say something that people have been saying since the 90s or 2000s and they freak out and say that I’m too old to say that. Kids have absolutely no concept of time.
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