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22 April 2010

Spring is in the freakin' air

Yes, my title expresses the exasperation and frustration that I currently feel for my students.

Don't get me wrong. I love my kids. They are sweet and genuine and all around great kids. However, spring has sprung and with it has come their hormones. In full force. It's not just spring though. There have been a few other contributing factors. First, last Friday night was the last middle school dance, and love was certainly in the air. Practically every 6th grader I teach has fallen in and out and back into love in the past five days. All they can think of is their current boy/girlfriend and kissing. Lots and lots of kissing. (Of course, I think that the majority of the "kissing" going on is more imagined than real ...) Secondly, the health classes are teaching sex ed. (Seriously, people? Can you say "bad timing?") The 6th graders have had to watch "The Video" this week. In case you aren't aware, "The Video" is all about conception to birth. It shows everything from the fertilization of the egg (minus penetration, of course. That would make it porn!) The video even shows birth ... which seems to have traumatized some of our kiddies. :) All of these factors combined have led to a total drop off in interest and attention. I've yelled at my kids more this week than I have this entire year combined! I love them all, but I don't remember being this way at all when I was their age. (Of course, I don't really remember being that age at all.) I just want June to be here. Now.

Seriously.
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