Dr. Thompson spent the day at my school today, meeting with kids, parents, and teachers. I wish I had been taking notes on my computer while he spoke of his interactions with our students, but unfortunately, I did not. One comment did stand out to me... he said that middle school kids don't have many things in their lives that they can actually control. Parents often choose their clothes, activities, and schools for their kids, and but kids feel that their only arena of control is over their social lives. I thought this was a really good point, and later on, a friend and I speculated that if we give our kids some choices in life matters, maybe it would lessen the angst of adolescence. Anyway, Dr. Thompson was a pretty witty and interesting guy, but I am not sure I gleaned enough strategies for working with middle school kids. I guess I'll have to check out his books!