Every day I ask students an attendance question. Something simple and fun -- either/or questions or favorite/least favorite thing -- to start the class and sometimes even prompt conversation. Much like stickers, my high school students can get strangely into it depending on the topic and sometimes I am completely shocked by what will get them excited.
Today's question was "Describe your socks."
We are coming up on weather that makes for less sock wearing, so I thought this would be a good day to ask this question. My own socks tend to be colorful and fun. I actively try NOT to wear just plain socks any more and I'll be honest it definitely makes folding/matching a lot easier.
However, that doesn't seem to be the case with my students, which surprised me. Most students' socks were black, white, or grey. Many added the detail that they were wearing Under Armor, Nike, or Adidas socks. Some mentioned whether it had a stripe or other marker. There were only two that stood out as "fun" though: polka dots and llama socks.
One students reported they were wearing one sock due to an injury requiring a boot.
Another student specified that they had stolen their mom's socks today because they didn't have a matching pair of their own.
One student decided to provide me with a series of alternate names for socks: "Achilles Blanket" which I was amused by and "Foot Jacket" which made me cringe for some reason.
I proceeded to end the attendance question time by describing my own socks: white with pictures of records in alternating blue and yellow. I expressed my disappointment that more of them weren't wearing "fun" socks. A girl towards the front of the class replied, "Sorry. We just don't have socks as cool as yours."
"That's okay," I replied, "I pride myself on my sock game."
What socks are you wearing today or what's your craziest pair of socks you own?