I am now wondering and finding out that Michigan and Alabama is not very different.
I really don't think we are that different besides a few things like snow and a sort of different dialect. Most of the stereotypes, I think are wrong and we are pretty much the same except those few differences that we have.
You are very right, Katelyn. There is barely any actual different between the north and south. Most stereotypes, in my opinion, aren't true.
I am now wondering what yall's rule on phones are? At our school we can have them out if the teacher is okay with it.
In our school we have to keep our phones away and some teachers have us give them our phones if we have to go to the bathroom so that we don't play on them.
Actually most students at Mattawan have their phones on them and we can use them during class if needed for a calculator or to look something up if its okay with a teacher but other than that it should be on silent, vibrate, or off. If someone was playing on their cell phone and got caught than either the teacher would give them a warning or they would take it away and get it back after class or at the end of the day.
Our school is pretty much the same except none of our teachers really let us use our phones. We are also not allowed to use them in the hallways either.
At our school we are able to have our phones in class but we are not allowed to use them without the teacher saying we can
Technically, were not allowed to have our phones on in class. But some teachers here are okay with it and let us use our phones for music and stuff.
What is life like in the north
Depending on where someone lives it can be very fast paced and loud in the cities. Or life can be very chill and relaxing in neighborhoods and rural areas.
Well, Oliver, it varies. If you meant personal lives, some of us live on farms. Others live in suburbs. Some live on rural roads in the backs of communities. However, if you mean the pace of life, very fast, lots of running around(at least for my family) and many things to take care of throughout the day.
I am now wondering if your classes are 45 minutes long, how many different classes do ya'll have, we have technically four classes that are 90 minutes long, but we also have an advisory period for about 30 minutes long.
We have 45 min long classes and we have 7 of them. We have 7 Core classes and 2 Encore classes. Core is the regular English, History, Math, Science. And Encore is, Choir, Band, Art, Creative dramatics, and a Technology class. And for Encore you get to choose 2 and you will most likely get them.
I am now wondering other things they have in common with us and what they think about us now.
Here most people like to play football, soccer, lacrosse and hockey.
Girls usually like to do dance or practice gymnastics.
I wonder what we sound like on camera and what ya'll thought about us.
You guys seemed pretty nice. Polite. And you sounded like actual people, not all frigidity.
On camera you guys kind of sound like we do. But some of you have southern accents and you're very polite. Also, depending on the person, you guys say y'all a lot.
I am now wondering why northerners think that being called ma'am is like being ancient...
It's a word that was used more often in generations before ours and has just slowly slipped away, so most people refer to people older than us as ma'am because that's how we are polite to them and show respect.
I am now wondering about the similarities between us and the school in Michigan .
Are your school colors blue and white? I noticed on the Skype chat that there are blue and white days.
I'm wondering what are the north students favorite foods.
As Northerners we really enjoy pizza. There are pizza joints everywhere.
Well Lanier, here in the north, most of us enjoy the fast-food. The hamburgers, pizza, wings, etc. But not all, although I love the fast-food sometimes a salad and some vegetables taste very good!(:
I am wondering how people in the north can be so smart and have an amazing vocabulary while it is normal for us to talk slang.
I hope this doesn't sound rude to my fellow classmates, but we have quite a few less intelligent people here at Mattawan. Not all northerners are super smart. There will be less smart people every where you go. Really the only major slang I noticed you southerners use is "y'all", and it's not a bad slang.
Well, I don't think that it's that we are so smart, our vocabulary, is more focused on the fact that we have slang too. You have your slang in the South, and we have ours in the North, our slang is just different from yours.
I am now wondering how y`all survive in all that cold weather! On the Skype call, I heard someone say it was in the negatives a couple weeks ago! That is just WAY too cold.
Well, we have warm clothes like thick coats and snow pants. It's also worth it for snowball fights, snowboarding, and tackle football. It feels like landing in a cloud. Until you almost break your nose, that hurts. Also, if you think that's bad there were 34 inches of snow on our porch and it was -40 degrees 3-4 days in a row. You'd get used to it with all the fun you have.
In the North, we're kind of used to the cold. Some of the guys at our school wear shorts when its 30 degrees or lower.
Well Mary Grayson H., It isn't as cold as you'd think. As long as you wear layers and stay warm it isn't that cold. If it stays in the negatives long enough, 30 degrees feels like a heat wave. Besides, even though it's cold you can still have fun in the snow. However, sometimes if the Wind Chill is below -30, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes or less
Growing up here in Michigan I think all of us have kind of gotten used to it. Although it seems cold to you I don't think its that unbearable for us. Sometimes I kind of like the cold to be honest.
Do yall in the north go on vacation to a warmer place like the beach or do yall go to a colder place?
It really depends on the family, some families go to colder places to hunt and camp. A lot of families go to Florida, for the warmth and the beaches.
Personally, for spring break, I go to Florida to escape from the cold for a week! I know that some of my friends also go to warmer places; however, some families do like to stay home because by that time of the year it is a bit warmer than now.
I am actually going to Gulf Shores, Alabama for spring break with family friends and I am really excited about it!
It depends on what you like, those who like winter sports stay or go farther north. If you enjoy beaches and the tropics then lots of Michiganders have winter homes in Florida where they move for some or all of the winter.
It usually depends on our preference. I would say most of us would go to warmer places. Its already cold enough here. I know that I would much rather go to a warmer, tropical location for vacation rather than a cold place. Would you rather go to a warm or cold place for vacation?
Since it snows alot where you live i am now wondering do you ever get tired of the snow and the icy roads?
Most of us don't get tired of the snow because we ride snowmobiles and go sledding. Now, the roads get a little annoying because you have to drive really slow. Plus bad roads can cancel school, especially when we get a foot of snow in a night.
Kind of, we all get tired of the snow and ice when it's late February and March. Icy roads get really annoying, especially when you're leaving school, the ice can cause really bad traffic and accidents.
Honestly, I love the snow so much my friends think I'm crazy when I say we are going to have a snow day tomorrow because it's mostly wishful thinking. Personally, I would love to have snow on the ground year round I have so much fun in it and never get tired of it.
Yeah I think that people in the north, me included, get sick of snow after a long period of time. Lately we have been having from December all the way through sometimes even early March. We also have more accidents when the roads are icy so it is a lot harder to get places during the winter. I feel like by the time winter is 3/4 of the way through people in Michigan are sick of all the snow. Except for the snow days of course. ;)
I am now wondering do they still have any unanswered stereotype questions about us????
Why do you guys have recess and how long is a school day?
We have recess after our lunch and we have it so that the kids can let their energy out during the day. Our school day is from 7:40 to 2:40, 7 hours.
The reason we have recess is, since we can't always go outside during P.E. we use a small part of our lunch period to go outside and either talk play basketball, foursquare, soccer, and football. Which helps get some of the energy out, so we don't get jittery in class. To answer you're second question, our school day is usually around 7 hours because each class is about 55 minutes long.
What I started wondering about was what different classes they have as electives
for electives we have Band , Choir , Theater , and many other things
As our electives we have Band, Choir, Writing for Publication, Technology Literacy, Creative Drama (probably like Theatre), Fit 4 Life (gym), Communications 4 Life (public speaking), and Forensics which I don't really understand or know much about.
I was wondering what you guys meant by northerns were more proper than southerns?
I am wondering why your school doesn't have hockey?
i don't know why but maybe because its maybe not cold enough or cause it might not be a very popular sport here in the south .
Since the teleconference I am wondering what kind of land is around them in Auburn. I am wondering this because the students said they liked having everything close together, yet they think most northerners live in cities and urban areas.
Somethings that I am wondering about is why are there no ice sports, and what area of Alabama are you guys in?
There aren't many ice sports here as we don't usually get ice. But there is a hockey team some where in Alabama. It's the Cottonmouths I think. And there are ice skating rinks here too.
We live in the Eastern area of Alabama, close to Georgia.
I am now wondering if you guys not only like sweet tea, but regular tea?
I am now wondering how long your school day is and are your other classes shorter than your LA class?
Our school day is from 8 am to 3:35 pm, and our classes are just as long as our Language class
I was wondering how big your school was?
I want to know what other things we have in common
I am wondering if the only reason you like the cold is you get out of school.
Well, personally, I am a big fan of snow. For starters, if the weather is bad enough we will have snow days: however, the snow is also very beautiful and it is especially fun because we can participate in winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
That could be one of the reasons but I like the cold weather because the lake freezes and I can shovel off a rink and play hockey on it.
Some of the kids really like the snow, then others get tired of it in the first two weeks or so. The snow days or just can extra bonus.
Not having school is definitely a big reason why I enjoy the winter. That is not the only reason though. The snow can look very cool when we look out our windows. I also like having an ice rink in my front yard. Since I live on a lake I spend a lot of the winter playing hockey.
We don't just like the snow for snow days. There are a lot of winter activities to do here. We can ski, sled, ice skate, and many more fun activities!
I was wondering how large your classes usually are in the north?
Ours can be into the 30's sometimes.
Our class size is about the same. It ranges from somewhere around 26 to anywhere up to 32.
I am now wondering if you guys have the same trends as we do
Depends, what are your trends.
Do we like the same kind of sports?
At our school, the sports are volleyball, basketball, cross country (running long distance), track, wrestling, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, baseball, and swimming.
Well, it does depend on what kind of sports you like, for example I like lacrosse, skateboarding, and archery, you could like those sports or have your own favorite sports.
What i was wondering what is the rules about phones over at your school .
The rule of phones in our school depends on the teacher. In some classes you can read on it or use it as a calculator. Though, in some classes you can't have it out and if the teacher sees it then they can take it from you.
another thing that i was wondering do they let you guys rent laptops for the year because here at our school they do
We have a couple of computer carts that the teachers rent for certain days.
I am now wondering why they still have recess.
Well, it's not so much recess as it is the teachers letting us go outside when we are done with our food. There are sports and stuff, but no playground or anything like that. I personally just like to talk to people when I go outside.
I was wondering about your class schedule besides core classes like math and english. Since you have only three core class, what are they and how can you do all four? Also, what other classes do you have like gym and art?
Are some sports down there year round because you have nice weather year round? Like baseball, football or golf?
I was wondering if you had any other special drinks or foods?
How much snow does it take for you to get a snow day?
It honestly doesn't take a lot of snow for us to have a snow day, I remember last year they predicted the weather was going to snow, so we didn't go to school, but it turns out that it didn't snow. Last year also it barely snowed (less than three inches I'm guessing) and we didn't have school for three days, we never had to make up the three days by the way
You talked about what kind of sports are popular, but I was wondering what are some popular hobbies?
I am surprised you get out of school so early, and how long is your school day?
Well our school starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:25 PM, so about 7 hours and 25 minutes.
Yesterday, some of you spoke up and said that not a lot of Southerners actually live on farms; however, some people have farm animals. Where do you keep the animals if you don't live on a farm?
What is the weather in the south like during the summer.
I noticed that when we were teleconferencing, you were in your library. How large are your classrooms?
I am wondering what kind of technology you have in your classrooms, since you video chatted from your library.
Every student (that pays to rent one) gets a laptop, every classroom has a "Smart Board", and the teacher has desktop computer at her desk that connects to the "Smart Board". I think the main reason we did it in the library was because they have a webcam for us to use.
I am just interested in do the students of Auburn, as well most of the south, take the stereotypes placed on them offensive?
I was wondering why you were surprised that we have recess?
Most of us haven't had recess since 5th or 6th grade.
I am wondering if there is recess at your school. We have the last 15 minutes of our half hour lunch time to go outside or hang out in the hall. In the hall there are some seats to sit on and outside there are basketball hoops, four square, tables to sit down and grass fields to play sports.
I was wondering about your class scheduling. In Mattawan we have five core classes (L.A., Science, Math, History, and Explore/Spanish) and two encore classes (e.g., Art, P.E., Band...). I am confused on how you usually schedule your day.
I was wondering what kind of after school activities or things do you do at home after you finish your homework?
Since the people in the south live on farms do you like live in apartments, trailer parks or small neighborhoods?
I would actually say that not all of us live on farms, and not many of us live in apartments, mostly college students live in apartments, and honestly, I haven't seen one trailer park near here. I would think that we have a few neighborhoods, a few are big and some are small, growing developments.
During the teleconference, I noticed in the upper left hand corner of the camera a two windows and one of which ( the one that was slightly out of view ) looked like a door to me. I was wondering if your school is campus style and the library is a separate building from the where you would have all of your core classes
Do the students hate having 90 minute classe?
Do the people think it's cold in the south right now?
I am wondering how big Auburn Junior High is. How many classrooms? How big are the classrooms?
You guys mentioned Southern slang in your comments and teleconference, so now I'm wondering, whats your slang like? Do you use phrases/words like "Yollo", or "B-boying"?
I was curious as ti if any of the AJHS have ever seen any snow in the state of Alabama?
Do you guys have homework very often? I'm curious to know if you have a portion of time to complete assignments in school, since your class periods are quite lengthy.
What about your phones? We can mostly have our phones out whenever.
In class, were not supposed to have our phones out. Unless were working with timers or calculators in class. I don't know why, but that's the way it is.
During class, we keep our phones in our locker or turned off completely in our pockets. Unless we are working on a project and searching a question on the internet, being on our phone is not allowed in class.
I was wondering why you were all wearing long sleeves and pants? What is the average temperature around this time of year?
In our school, we have laptop carts that we use in our classes, do you have a lot of technology in your school?
I am wondering if you guys have band and choir even when you olny have five classes and if you do when you have them.
I am wondering if you guys have band and choir even though you only have five classes and if you do when are they.
When we talked on the teleconference you guys said you have 90 min classes in a five block schedule. I was wondering do you like having 90 min classes? Just because we have 50 min classes and we almost get bored and cooped up for that long.
Do students at AJHS have much homework since they get a 30 min study hall at the end of the day?
I know that you drink mostly sweet tea, so I was wondering if you drink coffee or if you drink sweet tea all day?
I was wondering what the weather would be like for you guys to wear shorts? In the video chat it looked like most guys and girl were wearing sweatshirts and jeans.
I was looking at some photos of your school and It looks like you guys have a pool in the back. Do you guys use that for gym sometimes?
I am wondering if there are any other buildings around you school and if so what are they?
I was wondering how well did your football team do last fall?
Would it be taken offensively if ma'am or sir isn't used but just Mr. or Mrs. ?
I am now wondering what other things we have in common
One thing that I was wondering was if people in the south play water sports or go tubing because you said the closest lake was 45 minutes away?
During the video conference you guys had said that the girls also, wear a lot of sweatshirts and leggings to school most of the time. So my question now is what stores do you guys shop at, because maybe we have that in common as well.
I am know wondering if you guys like having 90 minute classes? Do you think you would like to try 7 classes a day that are 50 minutes each?
I was wondering what kind of words you guys say in Alabama. I know people use different words with the same meaning in different places. With my mom she is originally from Virginia and sometimes she will say soda, and me growing up in the north I usually say pop. I was just wondering what words you may say. Do you guys say pop soda or something else.
I was just wondering, what do you guys do for fun around your town?
I was wondering if anyone who goes to AJHS ever wishes that it would snow in Alabama? Even if it only snowed just for the holidays?
I am now wondering on how big is your school district in Auburn?
After seeing your responses to our questions I am still wondering how your schedule works with "Rotation days" and all. It is still quite confusing to me.
I was curious about the class schedule in the South because you said you have 5 classes a day but switch classes every other day. I was hoping that someone could further educate me. Also I am curious to know if you guys have ROTC.
I must now ponder in wonder, what is the season of winter to you? To many of us, in the north, winter is filled with the joy of freshly laid powder, and the scent of peppermint drifting in from the kitchen, twirled with the smell of chocolate melting. Despite the fresh breath of coldness, I personalty feel winter is actually our warmest season, as far as how we feel. When winter comes, the snow brings with it beauty, and grace. To you, in the south, what is winter? When it comes, what do you do differently?
I was wondering, what is cold to you guys because cold to us can mean -20 degrees with a -40 degree wind chill. But, I know in some places in the south, people may think 60 degrees is freezing!
I was wondering how the "Blue" and " White" days work, and what they involve?
I am now wondering how big your school is.
After having the teleconference the other day, I was wondering what it's like to have language arts and other classes for 90 minuets each day?
I am still wondering like, do southerners take it as offensive if northerners were to use southerners slang words? like if one of us were to say "Ya'll" would southerners be offended that we said it?
I was wondering, do you have seperate buildings for different grades? As in, 1st grade to 3rd grade in one building, and 4th to 8th grade in another.
I am still wondering if southerners would feel offended if a northerner were to say one of the southerners slang words like if a northerner were to say "Ya'll" would a southerner be offended by it.
I am wondering why you did not all have southern accents?
Just wondering, do you think L.A is fun since your in there for 90 minutes?
I am now wondering if Southerners have different types of sweet tea because up here we have regular tea, raspberry tea, orange tea, and a bunch of other weird combinations.
After the teleconference, I am now wondering how much is taught in a class since there are 90 minute classes at your school. Do you get through a lesson each day or are lesson drawn out over several days. For example, if you are in math, do you study algebra for two or three days or do you do it in one day then move on to another lesson.
Why do you guys have few classes that are 90 minutes each?
Do you think all of your classes are fun when you are in the class for 90 min. each hour? Or do you think one of your hours are interesting?
I was wondering If you had ever gotten any snow in Alabama before.
I am now wondering if your school in the south has reasons for canceling school. We have our snow days and power outages. What do you have?
I was wondering how important art and music are to you. Here I’ve noticed that music is the more popular choice among the two, as there are few artists in comparison to musicians. But I was wondering, how important are they to you and which one do you guys prefer?
I was wondering what southerners consider the north.
Why do you call your odd and even days "blue" and "white" days?
I am wondering what it is that u do though out the school day
I was wondering how you guys survive all that sun! In Michigan, we hardly get any sun, and when we do, I get sun-sick because the rays are really powerful. But that's only in Michigan, I can't imagine how intense the sun must be down there!
What are all the different kinds of sweet teas in Auburn, or just in the south generally?
What I'm wondering is what exactly is "cold" in Alabama?
I am now wondering why the people from the North were so offended by us saying that we think that we value family more than them
Michigan and Alabama don't have many differences.
I have been thinking about how everyone is asking about the school schedule in Auburn; so, I am now curious about how many students each class contains and how many students your entire school contains.
I notice the city of Auburn, AL has a university in it. Does having the university in the city make the city busy?
I was wondering what the word "quarrel" means that you used in one of your bus rules?
While visiting the official Alabama state website, I read about the bullying association. I am just interested in how severe the punishments are for bullying in Auburn, and other school in Alabama. Are the punishments average, such as expulsion and detention, or something else? Also, do the punishments vary from school to school, or are they the same for each?
Does Auburn have a marching band, or an orchestra? Also, if they do have a band, what different instruments do they use(cello, trumpet, tuba, etc.)?
I am wondering what kind of activities you like doing outside of school?
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