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So, as a parent of a preschooler who has just entered the California school system, I'm finally able to see the public schools from the other side of the teacher's desk. Sometimes it's very illuminating to see what I want from the school that I didn't even know I would need as a parent. Sometimes it gives me an advantage as a parent as well to see through the lens of a teacher. I love talking to the teachers, laughing, sharing our commonalities. After all, there's something rather similar between the tantrums of a toddler and the eye-rolling of a middle schooler, is there not? But it gets me thinking about what's it's going to be like to have my own middle schooler one day as a middle school teacher. So I want to hear from my fellow Edutopians out there who currently have tweens or have had tweens of your own. What's it like on the other side of my middle school teacher desk? What, from a parent's perspective, works and what doesn't in our current public schools? What do tweens need in their schools to be successful in their homes? Thanks for the proactive advice, fellow middle school teachers/parents! -Your faithful moderator, Heather Wolpert-Gawron