This morning I was called in for substitute teaching duty (and for the third time in a row, it was on a Friday; I detect a pattern). This time it was heading over to Roger Ludlow Middle School, where Robbie and Kate attended. I last walked those halls in 2002 when I subbed during Robbie’s eighth grade. As it was, I was filling in for his former social studies teacher so that was odd.Even though there are middle schoolers around the block, I haven’t had much interaction with them so this was an eye opening experience.They’re young. Smaller than I recalled and in some ways far friendlier than the high school students I’ve been dealing with. On the other hand, they also tested me more than the high school kids.The five classes had an identical assignment so once we took attendance and got them started, I found myself dealing with a class full of whisperers and Mexican jumping beans. They needed a drink, a visit to the bathroom, a trip to the library or their locker. Many had completed the assignment and the instructions were vague for this sizeable percentage. I let them read their own books or study other subjects.Interestingly, the Percy Jackson series was quite popular as was the Suzanne Collins trilogy. Some of the YA series were in evidence but not a single Stephanie Meyer book in sight. And they all had books, or just about all of them, which was encouraging.I would up speaking with a fellow sub that used to do marketing at Kenner so we hit it off nicely. He asked one of my classes if they read comics and only one raised her hand, admitting to liking Bone. The small showing was a bit of a surprise and a concern.I got through the five classes without incident and it was a good test of my classroom management skills before training. Some declared I would become a good teacher, with zero evidence to back it up but I’ll take their gut estimations.I wonder where I’ll be next Friday.