a/k/a Well How Do You Spend May?
A freshman collapsed motionless outside my door. Then he got up, laughed, and flashed a signal at a friend who groaned and fell down likewise. They both ran to class.
My freshmen came into first period flashing the same signals and I asked them, “Gawah?” They told me this:
- You flash the birdman at anyone sworn into the game. If the flashee makes unblocked eye contact with the flasher, he has to [insert penalty here, which penalty, for my boys, was falling down].
- You can make eye contact with the flasher so long as you throw up a block first.
I couldn’t help it. I asked them to swear me in.
Tactics, Takeaways, and Assorted Combat Notes
- As a general rule, if someone calls out “Hey, Meyer!” from across the classroom/lawn/courtyard/whatever, it’s best to throw up a block before you look.
- If you want someone to look at you from across the classroom/lawn/courtyard/whatever, don’t holler out the person’s name. Holler out, “POPSICLES!” or something equally nonsensical instead
Like “FIRE!” Wait. Not that..
- These kids are smart. They cameraphoned themselves flashing the birdman and then sent media messages to their targets. Digital natives!
- I flashed the birdman into PhotoBooth and loaded the picture into our math slides. Later I pressed a button on my remote and flashed ’em all at once!
Okay, yeah, I know this is pedagogically terrible. This won’t become a habit, I promise.
- Word got out to the freshman class that I was sworn in. This created a tricky imbalance since a lot more of them know of me than I know of them. This imbalance became most evident as I planned lessons that afternoon in a coffee shop seven miles away where a kid I’d never seen before walked by my window seat, stared at me oddly, and then flashed the birdman!
Yeah, I guess I did okay.