Experimentation; or What I Talk About When I Talk About Loving Middle School

(A bit of background info; In Maine we have the one-to-one laptop program.  This means that all middle school students in 7th and 8th grade have a macbook which they use for the school year.  However, I’m pretty sure former Governor King never had this use in mind when he commissioned the program.  Then again he was an educational visionary.)

On Friday I looked up from some papers I was grading to see one of my students leaning in for what looked like some open-mouthed smooching with his laptop.

Me: What are you doing?

Student: (looks up sheepishly) I wanted to see if my braces are magnetic.

Me: Really?!

Student: Uh huh!  They are!  (Leans forward and locks lips with the magnetic border around his screen.)

Needless to say, every kid in my class with braces got leaned in for a smooch of their own.   This is why I love middle school.