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.

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

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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Language Arts Coordinator

Hi- I'm the Language Arts

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Hi- I'm the Language Arts Coordinator at the Merrimack Middle School (MMS) in Merrimack, New Hampshire. At MMS, I teach and supervise the language arts department. Prior to this position, I worked as a Reading Specialist, Elementary Principal, Elementary Assistant Principal, and Classroom Teacher for grades four and six. I've worked in public education for over seventeen years. This fall, I'm also applying for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

7th Grade Civics Teacher

First Year teacher!

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Hi all! I was just hired to take over a 7th grade civics classroom in FL. This will be my "first year" teaching and I'm excited but nervous.

Just wanted to join your community!

5/6 Visual Art Teacher in Massachusetts

Thank you!

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Thank you for selecting me as a featured member (grades 3-5). Go ahead and check out my blog at: www.MonaLisaLivesHere.wordpress.com

middle school technology teacher

I teach middle school

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I teach middle school computer technology in the Chicago south suburbs. It's a double-edged sword. It's easy to engage most students because they love working on the computers, but it can be hard to keep them on task because they wander off where they shouldn't. I try to integrate what we do in tech class with what students are studying in their other classes. I think forums like this help me to do that.

I am a student at present looking forward to a bright future in teaching

I just want to listen and

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I just want to listen and observe what the middle grade school teacher goes through for now.(science )and how you handle it..

middle school math teacher, bergen county, nj

Hello Heather, I love how you

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Hello Heather, I love how you define middle school teachers as 'brave'! I was wondering how you feel about a flipped classroom for teaching middle school math?

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