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Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers

by Linda Perlstein

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Anecdotal portraits of several middle schoolers, so this could seem pretty useless--but it's a broad cross-section of kids that are profiled with all their middle-school dramas, and it's not hard to extrapolate behavior patterns. I don't know that this gives me a lot of insight for working with teens, but it's interesting nonetheless to get a glimpse of what middle-school lives are like--and not just the life I had. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
Though the specifics and details are a bit dated at this point, this books should probably be required reading for anyone trying to teach middle schoolers! ( )
  ambookgeek | Nov 29, 2010 |
Not exceptionally scholarly but holds the interest of adults interfacing with the middle schoolers. You will be surprised at what you do not know!
  ltwbooks | Feb 7, 2009 |
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Suddenly they go from striving for A’s to barely passing, from fretting about cooties to obsessing for hours about crushes. Former chatterboxes answer in monosyllables; freethinkers mimic everything from clothes to opinions. Their bodies and psyches morph through the most radical changes since infancy. They are kids in the middle-school years, the age every adult remembers well enough to dread.

Here at last is an up-to-date anthropology of this critically formative period. Prize-winning education reporter Linda Perlstein spent a year immersed in the lunchroom, classrooms, hearts, and minds of a group of suburban Maryland middle schoolers and emerged with this pathbreaking account. Perlstein reveals what’s really going on under kids’ don’t-touch-me facade while they grapple with schoolwork, puberty, romance, and identity. A must-read for parents and educators, Not Much Just Chillin’ offers a trail map to the baffling no-man’s-land between child and teen.

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Suddenly they go from striving for As to barely passing, from fretting about cooties to obsessing for hours about crushes. Former chatterboxes answer in monosyllables; freethinkers mimic everything from clothes to opinions. Their bodies and psyches morph through the most radical changes since infancy. They are kids in the middle-school years, the age every adult remembers well enough to dread. Here at last is an up-to-date anthropology of this critically formative period. Prize-winning education reporter Linda Perlstein spent a year immersed in the lunchroom, classrooms, hearts, and minds of a group of suburban Maryland middle schoolers and emerged with this pathbreaking account. Perlstein reveals whats really going on under kids dont-touch-me facade while they grapple with schoolwork, puberty, romance, and identity. A must-read for parents and educators, Not Much Just Chillin offers a trail map to the baffling no-mans-land between child and teen.… (more)

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