It’s never good news when your principal, as you’re rolling for home, says,

“Can I get 5 minutes with you tomorrow morning…(wait a beat and a half)… about a scheduling issue?”

(silently) What do you need me for? Scheduling is part of  the counselors’ job…hmmmm.

(aloud) “No worries. See you tomorrow.”

One of my favorite lines from my favorite movie, The Jerk, is when the repo guys are taking away all the furniture and such after Navin Johnson (Steve Martin) goes broke again. His wife, played by Bernadette Peters, is crying, and Navin tries to comfort her by telling her it’s just money, and they’re still in love, and etc. She says, crying,

“It’s not losing all the money…It’s losing all the STUFF!”

Well, my line at the meeting with my principal the next morning was,

“It’s not teaching the eighth grade…It’s teaching the EIGHTH GRADERS!”

Yes, after a 6 year reprieve, I will be having at least one period of eighth grade in the fall. Our incoming enrollment is down, so we have a lot more 8th graders than 7th graders next year.


It might actually be kind of fun; new novels to get into:

Nothing But the Truth by Avi. I lobbied to get this one in when we bought books in 2004. Right after, I went back to full-time 7th grade, so I never got a chance to bust a move on this. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one; so many possibilities.

Maus by Art Speigelman. I simply cannot make them read Anne Frank. I won’t read it again, and I have always said that I won’t teach any book I don’t like. I did this one year, and I wish I hadn’t had the student teacher take over part way through. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one again.

Call of the Wild, Jack London. I might actually try out the webquest I wrote for an online professional development  (salary scale) class a few years ago . Go Buck!

The Pigman by Paul Zindel. A little dated, but mighty groovy as I recall. I’ll have to peruse my own archives.

Plus, there are a lot more groovy short stories in the eighth grade anthology. I might actually use it. Well, a little anyway.

However…There is still the issue of having to face some of the same geniuses I am so glad to be soon rid of…

More on this soon…
Tomorrow: Message to 6th Grade.