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a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Thursday, March 21, 2013

SOMETIMES


The Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by TWO WRITING TEACHERS

Sometimes he squeals in delight when he realizes the new kid is “another little guy,” just like him.

Sometimes he writes “15 Big Ones” on the outside of his field trip money envelope.

Sometimes he tries to impress the guys with a magic trick involving levitating a five-dollar bill.

Sometimes he switches backpacks with his girlfriend and shows up to class with none of his supplies.

Sometimes he thinks listing “who invented condoms” as a possible research topic is funny.

Sometimes he screams at his mom until she points out that she is on the phone with his teacher.

Sometimes he takes a break from reading War and Peace to purchase a plastic tiger paw on a stick {instead of a book} at the book fair.
 
Sometimes he is a middle school boy.  Sometimes they are all middle school boys. 

12 comments:

  1. hahaha, this is so cute! Maybe I will write one of these about my high school boys... or girls... or both, sometime! It's going in my Evernote list of writing ideas! Thanks for the funny and insightful peek at your students!

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  2. Middle school boys rock....even when they are being impossible, even when they come up with totally inappropriate topics, and especially when they purchase necessary objects such as this awesome tiger paw stick thingy!

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  3. And this is what I miss most about teaching middle school kids. They are big and little all wrapped up into one body.
    Ruth

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  4. Hey - I have one of these at my house!! A difficult species to figure out...

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  5. You made be believe I know this kid--even though I've never met him. Bravo!

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  6. And this is why I never tried to teach middle school children. Bless you, because you can teach them.

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  7. This made me laugh...sounds like a couple of my students! Gotta love it though!

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  8. This just made me smile. Gotta love middle schoolers.

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  9. Love it & it makes me nostalgic for my old middle schoolers all at the same time, Christy. You rock, too, just like that one with the tiger paw! Great stuff!

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  10. This was such a good follow-up to your previous slices. You write with understanding and sense of humor. Both are essential when teaching middle school boys and girls.

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  11. ha ha I always say their grade is a reflection of their "real" age! i.e. 4th grade 4 years old, 8th grade 8 years old, LOL

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  12. I live with a middle-schooler who's sister just rolls her eyes at his growing-through-the-learning.

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