Kids’ Quotes: May 6, 2014

“He took my pants.” It was 8:53AM. Students strolled down the halls with their flocks of friends, unafraid of tardies. As they walk along, we teachers stand in the middle and listen to snippets of conversations. This sentence came out of the mouth of a tall sixth grade girl, wearing a light jacket and maroon […]

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Okay, so my students give me a strange look when I mention Santa Claus but, still, they get the idea. I found this on Facebook. I laughed as I read it but also it got me wondering… Am I part of the problem? My students were born in 1999(-ish). They grew up post 9/11. Being […]

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Justin Bieber has been a large part of middle school life for several years now. The girls love him. The boys hate him. Then we started to hear about the incident in Florida and the fall out began. “He admitted to being drunk,” said one girl as she scanned the headlines online. “He was driving […]

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Heart Break #2

“I need to see you, please.” I hesitate. I’m passing out tests. Couldn’t the assistant principal come by later? He motions, again. I ask the students to sharpen their pencils while I go to the door. “I need you to read this.” He hands me a paper. At the top are the words “Pending Alternative […]

Continue Reading Add comment October 21st, 2013

Where Are They?

“Ms. G., you notice how the missing students are all girls and all on the basketball team?” I looked around the classroom. This was normally my fullest class but it was missing about a quarter of the students. “Huh,” I mused aloud. “Well, Daniel and Michaela both have the flu which leaves Erin, Deb, and […]

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