Teaching middle school is not for the faint of heart. But if you're called to do it, you know there's nothing else quite like it. Join us in discussing what works - and what doesn't.

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Heather Wolpert-Gawron Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

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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Kendra, Kingman is definitely

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Kendra,
Kingman is definitely out there...about an hour from Las Vegas! I'm sure being a rural part of the state it is hard to get great teachers. I know that Phoenix Elementary School District is still looking for teachers. Go to there website and see what is available. I would recommend contacting the human resource department. I have some direct contacts if you are interested I can give them to you. Phoenix Elementary School DIstrict has schools that are in the heart of Phoenix. I was just hired as a math coach and it seems like a great place to work.

6/7 Social Studies teacher

Hi all! My name is Kerrie and

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Hi all!

My name is Kerrie and I teach grade 6 world geo and grade 7 ancient civ. I love middle school and have been teaching these levels for about 13 years now. I am very fortunate to teach at the middle school in the town that I live in. Sometimes it makes going to the town pool tough, but I love having the kids as neighbors and seeing them at town events.

Grade 8 science teacher from Medway, MA

Hello All. I'm career

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Hello All. I'm career changer from the world of retail. I just finished my 5th year teaching science and very much loving it! Right now, I'm taking a course on using technology in the classroom to reach unmotivated students. Being more familar and using technology is something that I need to embrace and not be afraid to try. My eighth graders are so "internet savy" and I need to not only keep up with them but gain their interest by leading. I've set up a My Wiki site and working to expand it daily with the multitude of tools available. We're learning how social networking can be a useful tool, so I signed up for this site, edutopia and joined this middle school group to read discussions and post comments.

Middle School ELA/Social Studies

Hello!!

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Wow, school is off and going in the state of Louisiana and I must say it is hectic. This year I am responsible for educating 7th graders in reading, English and American History. I am alway excited about the start of a new school year and this year is no different. I know that each of my students are capable of achieving anything that they set their mind to and rising to my expectations. This summer saw me enroll in a Master of Education at Walden University and I that is how I became aware of the resources available here on Edutopia. I am looking forward to the interaction with my fellow educators!!!

Middle School ELA/Social Studies

Where

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Where do you teach? I am looking at your grade/subject levels and know that our schools in Louisiana have different subjects at that grade... 6th grade gets Ancient Civilizations and 7th grade gets American History. With states selecting to go to a Common Core Curriculum will that affect what subjects are taught at certain grade levels across all states?

7th Grade Science Teacher from Rock Hill, South Carolina

Hello, My name is LaTonya

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Hello, My name is LaTonya Strong. I am a 7th grade science teacher from South Carolina. I hope to meet a lot of new and interesting people to share ideas and "war" stories with.

Principal, Ecole McTavish Junior High Public School

Hello from Northern Alberta!

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Hello all,

Just finished reading Education Nation and decided to sign up here. I am a principal in a grades 7 - 9 public school in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. We just opened the building this year, so we are fairly state of the art and looking to get into group projects with schools around the world. We are also doing several Project Based Learning opportunities over the year. I look forward to learning and growing at this site!!

Educator, Author, Mentor, Consultant

TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS

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Hello, Just a note to invite you to my website TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS which began as a companion website for a recently published book, TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS: Incorporating Twenty-First Century Literacies (2010) As you scan the table of contents, you'll find topics taught in most middle school programs.
I also invite you to post a review on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. We educators value to recommendations of our peers.
Looking forward to joining the conversations here, too.
Anna
TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

7th & 8th ELA & Social Studies teacher from Lake Hughes, CA

Passionate Middle School Teacher

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Even though I am completely exhausted this year due to having 7 periods (7th ELA, 8th ELA, RTI, 7th Soc. studies, 8th Soc. studies, PE, Elective) and no prep period, I still know that this is the right fit for me. My colleague and myself handle the middle school students (read 7th & 8th graders) at our K-8 due to losing our other two fantastic colleagues (lay-off and move). Even though I would LOVE a prep period, I wish for colleagues to discuss and collaborate with even more. I felt isolated when I came to this school 10 years ago, but it is nothing compared to what I feel now. I am looking for PD on my own and feel that I need to do more school visits/observations than conferences. I need to create a local network to collaborate with, but am here because I feel that I can also find collaboration and collegiality within this group of teachers. I look forward to future discussions! I want to surround myself with teachers who really love kids this age. They are so unique and amazing! They drive you crazy and lift you up. They will take you down the road of their drama, but allow you to see into their hearts. I have always believed that at this age they allow me the privilege of seeing them as the adults they are striving to become. More than anything, they crave the knowledge that you love and accept them no matter what, even when they know that you are going to call them on why they should have made better choices. It is a crossroad that I have no problem being at with them.

I am a member of the support staff at an urban middle school.

PBS Coach, AVID Support Teacher, TAG Support Teacher, Leadership

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Hi, this is my first experience with blogging. I have a lot of interest in creating inspiring and useful staff development, Response to Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavior Strategies and meeting both the educational and personal needs of middle school students in the area of social emotional learning. I hope to find this a helpful way to be inspired and energized by others and share areas of strength as well.

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