I’m quite upset with myself for letting this blog sit underutilized for so long. I am going to make a conscious effort to get back to paying somewhat regular attention to this. We’ll see how it goes.
In the meantime, this story was posted by my friend Alex and it cracks me up. Hot Cheetos and Takis are an epidemic in middle school. I have no idea why the kids love them so much (I find Takis especially to be pretty yucky) but if you have Takis to hand out, you have instant investment and engagement with your kids. You do, of course, have to be willing to tolerate the red stains that will instantly cover any book, tissue, pencil, or piece of paper you hand your students.
Seriously. Someone hold me accountable to this.