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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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Anthony lee's picture
Anthony lee
Sixth,seventh and eighth grade teacher from Maryland

I have been teaching for 15 years now. When I first started teaching middle school I was able to keep up with the 13 year olds. Now, 15 years later, I am older and they are still 13 years old. I am losing my desire to teach with all the disciplined problems we face today. I need suggestions on classroom management, projects, and new suggestions on working smarter not harder. I teach Spanish and Technology.

Pam Sprute's picture
Pam Sprute
Middle School Teacher at Independent Catholic school in Seattle, WA.

Hi,
I am a passionate about middle school. I wouldn't want to teach anywhere else. I am especially interested in social emotional learning, as I see the incredible impact it has on kids at this age level. While I am fairly savvy socially, I find it very difficult to feel like I am making any real difference for kids in this arena. There is progress, but the progress is so very slow.

Brenda P's picture
Brenda P
6th grade science/math teacher in Georgia

Hello all! I am a third year teacher in a rural town in Georgia, and I cannot imagine teaching anyone but middle schoolers! My firs three years have been a roller coaster, for sure, but I am never bored. I had a horrible experience when I went through middle school, which inspired me to teach there and hopefully help them through some of the hard times. Little did I know how much harder they have gotten since I was there!

I am very excited about the next school year, as I will be one of only a few teachers to start a new STEM program in my county. I am open to any and all advice!

~Brenda

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Diana AuBuchon
Eighth grade English teacher in Santa Ana, California

I have been teaching MS for 28 years, so that must make me one of the "crazies," but I cannot imagine being happier than I am in my classroom teaching English to my 8th grade students. Heather, have just got your book and am half way through. I am sure we have met as I am after all also a Writing Project fellow through Irvine, although you and Liz probably know me better as Charlie. being new to the art of blogging I look forward to talking about MS with like-minded people. I just love these kids!

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Sam Young
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Greenville, NC

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.

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Dr. Tally Burkhart
English Language Arts Coordinator- Charter School Support Institute

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.

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Mrs. Hundley
8th grade social studies teacher from Kansas

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.

Jeanie Greenidge's picture

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.

Nancy's picture
Nancy
9/10th grade US history teacher, CT

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

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Nancy
9/10th grade US history teacher, CT

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.

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