In a new teaching accomplishment, I seem to have reached the teenaged version of that status with my all-male U.S. History class. On Monday, after the bell rang and as class began, I looked up from the papers on my desk to see one young man in the back row pulling up his shirt to apply deodorant. When I raised my eyebrow, his response was revealing, "Its an after-lunch thing, Ms. M, I figured you'd know."
He wasn't being disrespectful, he was just stating the facts. Upper Schoolers have gym in the middle of the day and afterward a little deodorant doesn't come amiss. Student A figured that I would understand and that I wouldn't mind.
I do and I didn't.