It's not that I want my students to cry when they read, but I want my students to cry when they read. I also want them to laugh, get angry, become curious, appreciate the people in their lives, to realize the importance of kindness and acceptance. Their emotional reactions show me that they truly get it.
Summer is drawing to a close, which means children across the country will be lacing up new sneakers and sitting down in new desks for the start of another school year. Parents have enough to worry about when sending their young ones out into the world without them, but how much does the average parent know about protecting their child's identity?
After being the oldest in elementary school then adjusting to being the youngest in a brand new middle school, finding your way around a bigger place, having many teachers, meeting lots of new kids, finding your body changing, more expectations by parents and teachers -- phew -- who can blame your 12-year-old for feeling vulnerable?