So Slow

My students started making fun of each other at the end of class:
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M: You slow.
J: How am I slow bra?
M: Yo whole family slow.
M: Nah, I bet my momma make mo money dan yours.
J: Nah brah, I my momma gotta better job than yo mama.
M: What yo momma do?
J: She work at a health center.
M: What is dat?
J: It’s where you…I don’t know what it is bra, but she makes alotta money.
M: She work wit old people?
J: Nah brah.
M: I was bout ta say my momma been done havin’ that job.
J: My momma make so much money I gotta be on reduced lunch in the cafertera.
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Reputation

I had a talk with my students:
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Mr. C: Getting into trouble all the time is not good for your reputation. Do you know what I mean?
K: We know what reputation is, we ain’t slow. Like if I’m upstairs and I be diggin’ my finger in my nose, then people gon’ think I’m triflin’.
Mr. C: I didn’t say you were slow. That’s not exactly the same thing, but close enough.
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Yo Momma…

8th Graders:
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M: You slow.
J: How am I slow bra?
M: Yo momma slow.
J: Yo whole family slow.
M: Nah, I bet my momma make mo money dan yours.
J: Nah brah, I my momma gotta better job than yo mama.
M: What yo momma do?
J: She work at a health place.
M: What is dat?
J: It’s where you…I don’t know what it is bra but she makes alotta money.
M: She work wit old people?
J: Nah brah.
M: I was ’bout ta say my momma been done havin’ that job.
J: My momma make so much money I gotta be on reduced lunch in the cafertera.
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Slow Shotguns

In 2nd block, I listened as my 8th graders debated how powerful shotguns were: (contains offensive language)

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C: Shotguns ain’t powerful bra.
J: Like a pump-
C: A pump is a shotgun.
J: Pump is like a shotgun.
C: A pump is a shotgun. You slow.
J: They different kinds of shotguns bra.
D: A shotgun gon’ shoot your head off bra.
J: The bullets spread all out. The motherfucka’s gon’ stay in there until they hit you.

Bell rings.

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