Sunday, April 20, 2014

Think like a middle schooler

I love to read, I mean I can devour a book in no time flat! I've always had a love for reading which lead to a career as an English teacher before becoming a middle school counselor. Having taught high school English and only one year of middle school I didn't have much experience reading "those" types of books. Armed with my credit card, I hit a couple of bookstores the summer before I started teaching 7th and 8th grade English. Suffice it to say I was overwhelmed with the choices available.

One of those trips led me to James Patterson and his collection of middle school books. I honestly wasn't sure if middle school students actually read his books but my first one Middle School: Get Me Out of Here seemed like a good place to start. I started reading and couldn't put it down. Not that I was learning how to be a better teacher but because I was thrown back to "those" middle school years, the awkward, insecure, and at times turbulent years. I figured right away the best way for me to be a better teacher was to think like a middle schooler and less like an adult (well, in some ways at least).

This first year as a school counselor has been eye popping to say the least. I've survived with lots of pray, asking questions, and keeping myself well supplied with "those" books. Some of my favorites I read over the past year are
listed below. What are some of your favorite books to keep yourself ready for the next middle school student that walks through your door?

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