This year I brought a giant jar of candy kisses to school and told the kids that if they wanted to get a kiss, they had to give a kiss. This was met with the expected reactions of "gross," and "Ew, that's disgusting!" I put their fears aside and explained that a 'kiss' was a compliment and if they wanted a chocolate kiss, they had to give a compliment. I can't tell you how many times I was told how fabulous I looked today, which was true of course, but the kids have never mentioned it before!
Here is the equation that greeted my students as they walked in. It took them a while to get the Valentine's Day message in the answer.
We listened to 80s love ballads as we worked, and my assistant tried to film me dancing to Wham. I quit displaying my great dance moves before her filming commenced thus stopping her from posting to Facebook. Call yourselves lucky my dear Facebook friends.
A student brought me these flowers. Sweet.
I guess Valentine's Day in junior high isn't so bad after all.
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