because a lot has been going on, this post is mostly lists, but I wanted to make sure I got these thoughts out there - and those of you who know me well, know that sometimes I think in lists!
example: one girl is trying to answer a question about her favorite subject in school. while she's thinking the boy next to her goes, "well I know what her favorite activity is: kissing brian samuels". She rolled with it so well, and just dismissed him with, "actually it's soccer" ohhhh 7th grade.
then we asked them how doctors could be better with adolescents. they had great suggestions including:
*don't use big words we don't understand
*ask us questions that don't sound like you're interrogating us - like, about not just our medical health but our LIFE
*wait for us to talk - sometimes it takes us longer
*ask about our friends
*ask if we're worried about anything
*don't talk to us like we're not real people who know a lot
"I guess this is going to be a jigsaw kind of year"
-from one of the poems read to us by the 7th graders today