Moving among the 7th graders in my classroom, I noticed something: in one girl’s pencil box were several pencils, a sharpener, a protractor, and a tube of lipstick. There they were: the tools of a middle-schooler ready for math class and ready to quickly touch up her appearance.
The mixed collection reminded me of the conundrum of adolescence.
Middle-schoolers often find themselves caught between childhood and
adulthood. Pencil box supplies now quietly make room for the demands of