Fall-Out

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 […]

Continue Reading Add comment February 1st, 2014

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 […]

Continue Reading Add comment January 16th, 2013

“In-Crowd” Brands

Brands Popular with Middle Schoolers in 2011-2012 Tom’s Sperry’s Uggs Juicy Couture Coach MissMe Jeans I own none of these. In fact, I don’t know what Tom’s and Sperry’s sell.  

Continue Reading 2 comments February 9th, 2012

It’s a Boy!

It’s a boy! “What am I supposed to do, Miss?” Jay asked. “This girl, she gave it to me this morning.” I’d heard rumors that we had a pregnant sixth grader in the building. The baby shower invitation Jay handed me confirmed the rumors. The card was one of those fill-in-the-blank invitations found in packs […]

Continue Reading 2 comments January 17th, 2012

The Dance

Last night was the first school dance of the year. I always try to volunteer for the first dance of the year. The 6th graders are still learning middle school mores and, thus, are easily cowed into behaving well. The 8th graders are trying to figure out how cool they are. Are they too cool […]

Continue Reading Add comment October 29th, 2011

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