My students aren't any different than other kids around the nation.
They like to check their emails. They will stay at school forever if it is on their terms but as soon as they are forced to stay they will make up any excuse to leave. They are shy and afraid to be dorky in front of each other. They fart. They laugh at silly pictures. They don't like school lunch either. They listen to music that adults (myself included) think is infernal racket. They hate homework. They have boyfriends and girlfriends. They like to drive (here it is snogo's and 4 wheelers). Like The Breakfast Club, there are athletes, dweebs, brains, princesses, rebels, and flakes. They have family problems. They have best friends. They stay up too late. They live and die by their iPods. They procrastinate like nobody's business. They get bloody noses. They day dream. They don't know their potential. They like junk food. They are smarter than we give them credit for.
Maybe its because its the first week and they are all still behaving, but I really love my kids this week, for all of their faults and follies, success and failures, bloody noses and farts, and their laughter. Is it possible they are slowly becoming happy? Don't hold your breath.