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Welcome, Brave Middle School teachers! Introduce yourself...

Welcome, Brave Middle School teachers! Introduce yourself...

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Hey, all you brave tween teachers out there! Welcome to the Edutopia discussion forum. Please introduce yourself a little before exploring our other discussions. I am your moderator, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, middle school teacher by day and author/blogger at night. I was a California Regional Teacher of the Year in 2004, a Writing Project Fellow at the University of California at Irvine, and am a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. I'm a frequent contributor to Teacher Magazine and a staff blogger here at Edutopia. I also blog at www.tweenteacher.com. I currently teach 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts as well as 7th/8th Speech & Debate/Podcasting. Multiple-intelligences, differentiated instruction, Writer’s Workshop, student collaboration, student choice, and fluid grouping define much of my classroom instruction. I look forward to talking about all of these topics and more here in the middle school forum. So please comment a little about who you are, what you're about as a teacher, and what brought you to Edutopia and our middle school forum. For me, it's all about learning from each of you. So challenge yourself to participate in the forum: comment, advise, criticize. Allow the Middle School forum here at Edutopia to be your brain spa of sorts. I look forward to meeting you all. -Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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Anna J. Roseboro's picture

Though currently retired from classroom teaching I remain active in the profession by attending and presenting at professional conferences and conventions, writing books, articles, blogs, and mentoring early career educators formally through the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on English Leadership and informally by participating regularly in professional social networks. Please see more on my website http://teachingenglishlanguagearts.com/ where you'll find links to my 2010 book TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS: Incorporating Twenty First Century Literacies. I look forward to communicating with you here on this site,

Leslie's picture
7th grade life science, John's Creek, GA

I'm new to this site, but so far have found it to be full of awesome ideas and tons of encouraging posts! Our kids come back to class on Monday the 13th, so I am busy getting my classroom set up. I've got my Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches settled (Bonnie and Clyde) and my carnivorous plants planted and my skeleton (Stanley) dressed in full lab gear --- I'm ready!!

Elena's picture
Eighth grade ELA teacher from New York, NY

I am a Language Arts teacher from New York. I can't say that I have mastered much of anything, except the art of survival. I love the workshop model though not many secondary school here follow it. It is my goal to try to incorporate some aspect of the workshop model into my teaching this year whether it's reading or writing.

I need help with differentiation. I did a good lesson at the end of the year where I think I did it well, but I still need help in this area. I am an open sponge. I look forward to whatever advice I can get from my fellow educators.

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Dmitry Gubin's picture
Dmitry Gubin
Brooklyn Art Teacher


I am joining the public school workforce this September for the first time. I received MS degree in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2011. Since then, I've been teaching a kindergarten class in a private daycare. But a former classmate is leaving her teaching position as a middle school art teacher and I will, most likely be taking over that job.

Elena's picture
Eighth grade ELA teacher from New York, NY

Congratulations and welcome Dmitry.

Jo's picture
7th Grade LA / SS - First year teacher!

Hi! I am just starting my very first year teaching after graduating this past June. I'll be in 7th grade LA / SS and am so excited! Any advice anyone out there has for me will be greatly appreciated :-)

ajr1206's picture
Educator, Author, Mentor, Consultant

I invite you to take a look at my book TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS: Incorporating Twenty-first Century Literacies where you'll find lots of ideas for first year educators, gathered and recorded when I chaired an English department with lots of new-to-middle school teachers. This website and blogs like TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS will get you up and going this first year on your career path.
I urge you to stay in touch with veteran teachers you respect, plan to join and attend conferences of professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of English. You'll find regular attendance will keep you informed and inspired year after year.

Annette Duffy's picture
Annette Duffy
Middle School Language Arts and History teacher from Hill City, SD

I teach in a small rural school in South Dakota. I teach Language Arts, History, Computers and some years even Math. We are a 1:1 middle school. I love to discover new ideas and learn from other teachers. I am very student centered in my approach to teaching. I have had excellent results with Project Based Learning. I joined this group to learn from other Middle School teachers as I feel we are a unique group of teachers.

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Samuel J. Stevens
Seventh & Eighth grade choir director from Tulsa, OK

I am always looking for ways to integrate other subjects into my lessons. Whether it is using s journal to write daily about the sight reading study, to compose a rap or poem using the subject presented or how music helped people overcome adversity throughout history, I try and use cross-curricular teaching styles and subjects so the kiddos learn at their maximum achievement level! Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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