I hesitated when I saw this prompt – Fleek. It took me right back to one of the last years I was in the classroom and it reminded me of what I miss about being in the classroom.
Over the years I found some really tried and true activities. One of them was around Valentines day. It was a “fun activity,” not super academic, but the things that built classroom community and the kids loved it.
Basically… I gave each pair of kids about ten candy conversation hearts and they had to write a Valentine Story using the phrases on the hearts. You know. Phrases like “Be Mine.” “Kiss Me.” “Love U.” “LOL” “Yours 4EVR.” “Soul Mate.” And so on. I gave them a lot of latitude and some of the outcomes were SO FUNNY.
A group of boys who wrote a manual on how to “Get a Girl to go on a Date.”
A group who wrote a love letter.
But I will never forget when one group used the candy conversation heart with the phrase “On Fleek.” I hesitated because I had no idea what it was, and wondered if it might be inappropriate and was backpeddling… What to do? what to do?
I just came out and asked them, and with an eye roll they explained to me. But still. When they were at lunch I googled it. That is what you do when you teach middle school.
Did you notice I did not explain to you what it was? Instead, I am sharing the youtube video I watched during that lunchtime. Yeah, there is a little cussing, but enjoy.
A little happy ending follow up on that viral video: