My cooperating teacher loaned me a book to read to give me some insight into the lives and minds of middle school students: Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers.
The Highlights of Middle School
- I got the opportunity to help a student open his locker today. I actually ended up having to do the combination three times before it would open. That's something that didn't happen at the high school level.
- I also had my first experience working with students who are hard-of-hearing. During two class periods, there is an interpreter. I ended up getting a little flustered while helping one of the students for the first time. Because though I was talking to the student, he was looking at the interpreter. It was difficult for me to see how much the student was understanding.
- One girl adamantly refused to let me help her with her homework. Her reasoning: her sister who is in high school can explain it in a way she can understand. When I asked her if I could try to explain it, she said that my explanation wouldn't be as good since I didn't know what she called a popsicle when she was a baby. Umm...
- One boy decided that he and I should have a secret handshake. So, if having a secret handshake had been on my bucket list, I could have crossed that off after today.