The holidays are a time for many things, one of which is a great time for connecting with students. No school = lots of free time = fun to be had. With this in mind, a group of 8th grade boys raided the Domanion (my dubiously named house – “the domain of man”) for a Lord of the Rings mini-marathon.
Lord of the Rings is rated PG-13 for “epic battle sequences.” Which, interestingly enough, are the parts of the movie that most held the guys attention. We quickly coined a few terms…everything amazing became a “battle royale” (royal being pronounced “roy-elle”, as opposed to “royl”)and everyone amazing became “so & so is totally hard-core.” In between the on-screen battle royals the guys created a few battle royals of their own, with spilled glasses of lemonade being the only casualty.
I called it a mini-marathon because we didn’t make it all the way through. We decided to go for the extended versions, which chart out at 3:30 (Fellowship of the Ring), 3:45 (Two Towers), and 4:10 (Return of the King). Our gathering started a bit later than we’d planned & was interrupted by a few spontaneous games of foosball, so we charged our way through about half of the series listed above, clocking out a bit over half-way through Two Towers when parents started showing up.
But, like any good movie, that just gives us a good reason for a sequel session. We had a great time & it’s just the first of several hang-out times I’m trying to pull of with various students this week. Here was the official damage for the day:
1 oversized projector & 1 bed sheet for a screen
2 futon covers sprawled out on the floor with bunches of pillows
340 minutes of LOTR goodness
6 games of foosball
2 large pizzas
5 quarts of lemonade
all the random snacks I could find in my house
countless farts & needless tackles
So is anyone else doing anything fun with students while they’re on break? Would love to hear your ideas & experiences…