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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6th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Greenville, NC

New Guy From NC

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Hello all. I am a new 6th grade social studies teacher in Greenville NC. I was looking for some resources to help me ease into the shark tank that is middle grades education and I think that in edutopia I have found that. Looking forward to swapping stories and ideas.

English Language Arts Coordinator- Charter School Support Institute

Hello from Southern CA

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I have taught high school English for over 10 years and was reluctant to move to middle school the last few years. I loved the variety and how every day was an adventure. I'm now working as an English Language Arts Coordinator for a charter school support company. I was also involved in the UCI Writing Project from 2000-2004, so maybe I've met and/or worked with some of you. You can find me as TalzBee on FB and Twitter. Looking forward to sharing issues and ideas together.

8th grade social studies teacher from Kansas

I'm clearly slow at

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I'm clearly slow at responding...oops.

My name is Amer and I teach 8th grade social studies in Great Bend, KS. This will be my 7th year teaching, but only my 3rd year at this building. Previously I taught at a much larger suburban middle school in Topeka. I look forward to using this forum to collaborate with colleagues across the country and learn some new things to try in my classroom.

Hi Friends,I am a middle

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Hi Friends,
I am a middle school theatre arts teacher who also coordinates AVID on my campus. AVID is a college prep. class :) I love being a teacher. This is my 16th year.

7th grade US history teacher, CT

a question for those who have taught 7 th grade for a while

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I teach in a district which has k-8 schools and there is usually a mix of certifications in the middle school grades. Some are elementary cert. k-8 ( an old cert no longer offered) and some are 4-8 ( a cert offered on and off) and then there are some like me 7-12 cert in a specific area.
So here is my question: how do you know what is too "childish" for the tweens when it comes to classroom management ideas and decore and rewards?

I have taught this grade and 8th for 12 years and it varies from group to group. But it also varies with the administrators original certification as well... I find myself looking at ideas that pop up and they are always for k-5, any ideas would be great especially websites or books or blogs

7th grade US history teacher, CT

Ok Heather thank you... I

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Ok Heather thank you... I found your book through another site... but if anyone has additional suggestions please post, I will take it all. This is a new beginning for me this year.

MI

Introduction

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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,

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

I'm new to this site, but so

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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!!

Eighth grade ELA teacher from New York, NY

I am a Language Arts teacher

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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.

Building Confidence in Students, One Child at a Time

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