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Old 05-09-2020, 11:05 AM
 
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They are a complex mixture of young adult and child.

Hormones are out of control, and they don't know how to deal with all of the physical and emotional changes. They want you to treat them like adults, but they also want you to baby them. You can have an adult conversation with them, and they have a great sense of humor developing. They will also pick their nose and fart.

They smell bad most of the time. This happens in spite of their hygiene habits.

They will, however, do just about anything for you if they think that you truly care for them.

You cannot have a thin skin and teach middle school. They have no filter, and they will say pretty much whatever forms in their head. Don't take it personally. They need routine and a structure. So much of their world is upside down at that age that they really need something stable.

I've taught both high school and middle school. At high school level it was more about the content, and at the middle school it's more about the behavior and the emotional needs of the kids.
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