I had Mrs. Root when I was in 8th grade and the most important things to know are be respectful and get you work done. I now volunteer in her classroom everyday and I still enjoy working with her.
She is a good teacher but if you start arguing with her she will really come back at you, and she is easy on h/w. Not very organized though.
mrs root was an ok person but she had "personality conflicts" with 75% of the class and that bothered me. she was OK. she was also unclear on the thesis.
I didn't really like her.. too much work.. didn't tell us everything about the thesis report.. then blamed it on us, saying we were talking when we weren't..
Mrs root is cool because she gives you progress reports every week and that tells you how you are doing in her class.