I needed to write about this from Wednesday. I can’t remember if I ever wrote about my other male student who proclaimed his love for a female student in my class via descriptive paragraph. If not, ask me about it. It was HILARIOUS.
On Wednesday, they had to bring in two rough drafts of poems for a project due tomorrow. Some kids brought stinky work (my new word instead of crappy), but a good chunk really thought through their poetic genius.
Anyways, I have one student who has been “dating” (whatever that means in junior high) another student in this class for a long time. They’re really cute. Both very sporty & very popular, but not your typical popular MS kids. The girl, at least, is genuinely friendly to everyone & gets along con todos. The boy is nice, but sometimes a little rude, as middle school boys want to be.
Anyways, he asks me to read his poems, and they’re fantastic. Very creative & very emotional, beginning with asking questions & ending with asking questions about heartbreak. The other one is all about lost love. I’m tearing up, and he’s tearing up, and it’s all just very emotional.
At the end of class, I ask for 4 volunteers to share. His hand is waving wildly in the air.
I call on him last. He essentially declares his heartbreak and love through this poem; the girl is hiding behind her bangs; the class is silent and switching between gawking at him and her; and when he finally finishes, two students proclaim, “AWK-WAAARD>” in the way only middle school students can.
After class, my girls swarm Jenny, who now is in tears. I force them away, tell her to go to the bathroom, and the boy walks out completely unphased.
Middle school love stories = highly entertaining.