Quote of the Day
“Middle school kids are caught in a peculiar crossfire of simultaneously feeling their oats and being terrified of looking foolish. This creates many odd seesaw patterns of behavior….But [middle school teachers] have the advantage of dealing with an age group where hardly anyone has shut down yet. They’ll try to act cool, but they’re so hungry for wisdom and understanding from adults (and most still genuinely want to please you) that your chances for success are unlimited. The best tip I can offer is…: Treat them with adult respect and dignity before they’ve earned it. Most will happily rise to the occasion, and even those who don’t will have a shining example to emulate.
—Coleen Armstrong, Teacher Magazine