Thanks to these five gentlemen, I can no longer use the word “Direction” in my 7th grade class. We no longer read the directions before starting an assignment; we read the instructions. While learning about suffixes, I must avoid the word “beautiful”, because it will be immediately followed by song (“What Makes You Beautiful”). Girls pull their hair over their faces to imitate Harry’s swoop, and show me the folder on their computer with 700+ downloaded pictures of the band members.
Any student who distracts classmates with a song or a comment about One Direction now loses a point off their marking period grade for each interruption. 7th graders come up with things to distract each other easily enough WITHOUT the newest boy band on their pre-teen infatuation radar.