Three signs that seventh graders really aren't hormonal aliens in human disguise:
1. They can speak!
After having a one-way conversation outside of the classroom about wanting him to be successful, the one student who has not said a word to me in three weeks, finally asked me for help to set up his notebook! He spoke in a whisper, but heck! He spoke!
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2. They can read!
It amazes me how many kids don't like to read. However, I was successful in getting one "anti-reader" to read a novel. Well, he only read the first chapter, but he read....and he liked it!
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3. They can think!
Finally, I have a third student who, in the sixth grade, was notorious for doing little to no work. And in the first three weeks of seventh grade, it seemed as though that wasn't going to change. I'm not the type of teacher to allow my students to "sit and get", but with him, it has been a challenge. Well, I'm happy to say that this past week, he finally put pen to paper and did some work! And the best part was when he raised his hand to ask some questions about the work that he was doing!
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If you are not an educator or have little to no understanding of what life is like in the classroom, then you may not understand just how monumental these three instances are, as they are indicators that progress is being made. I may be taking some "high-heeled baby steps" with some of my kids, but they are steps nonetheless!
Enjoy your weekend!