Last week I asked all of you to help me with some topic discussions for the eight 9th grade boys I had to lead in small group discussion tonight.
Well, you should be proud of yourself for offering up your awesome suggestions - because we had a blast!
What I did was write a different question on the back of 8 cards and randomly passed one card to each kid to answer. Here were the questions:
- Greatest super hero
- Best actor or comedian
- Favorite type of car
- Favorite hobby
- Favorite band or song
- Best video or online game
- Favorite TV show
- Favorite sport or team
- I had a successful format
- I needed to shorten their responses to 2 minutes or less in order to get through the actual program material.
Greatest super hero... Batman
The main debate was over whether or not he should even be considered a super hero. Is there really a question about that?
Best actor or comedian... Dave Chapelle and Kat Williams
I told them as the parent of high school boys I didn't want to know that they were watching these guys. They thought that was pretty funny.
Favorite type of car... No consensus
In fact, the boys seemed almost indifferent to this question as if I was asking what their favorite vegetable was or something. They simply wanted "wheels that ran." Man, kids have sure changed since I was in high school.
Favorite hobby... Computer stuff
I thought I might have heard someone whisper... "hobby?"
Favorite band or song... What is Love
This one totally cracked me up. Somehow the theme song for Night at the Roxbury has become a cult favorite among teenage boys.
Best video or online game... Call of Duty, Guild Wars and Warhammer
I chose not to comment on my opinion of 9th graders playing this stuff.
Favorite TV show... Family Guy
I asked them if they liked The Simpsons and they looked at me like I was their grandfather.
Favorite sport or team... NY Jets
This one sparked another big debate over why the kid chose this team. "Why, do you only like teams that suck?" I think the real issue is that fact that the kid is
But the highlight of the night was when we took 5 minutes in the middle for our snack break, and one kid challenged another kid to stuff a huge jelly-filled donut into his mouth all at once. When everyone turned to me for my call on the matter I told him straight up... "Hey, if you start it you have to finish it."
Yes, I do believe I get these guys.