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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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Scott Barr's picture
Scott Barr
Principal, Ecole McTavish Junior High Public School

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!!

ajr1206's picture
Educator, Author, Mentor, Consultant

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.

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

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.

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Polly Neumann-Anderson
I am a member of the support staff at an urban middle school.

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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Vicky Yu
Seventh-- ninth grade English teacher from Beijing, P.R.C.

Hiya, every fellow teachers, I am your colleague, but far far away from you. :P I've been teaching English for almost 11 years and I really love my job. My students, they are so cute and lively that I love them very much~

I look forward to getting to know you all.

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Katie P.
6,7,8 English teacher!

Glad to have stumbled upon this thread via Twitter! (I'm a fanatic!) I teach 6,7,8th grade English; currently Special Ed but I'm hoping to move to regular ed next year! Last year of grad school at Marshall U here, graduating in December!

I like to stay ahead of the curve and have great creative ideas for my classes. Hoping we'll have great conversations here!


Ronni Jay's picture
Ronni Jay
Spanish Teacher - East Coast

My world is upside down - it's sink or swim time!

c3zhjif's picture
Homeschooling parent of middle school student in NY

While I have a degree in elementary education, I have spent the last two decades working from home as a writer and raising our three sons. I am currently homeschooling our 7th grader and our 10th grader (our eldest is in college). We love the school in our area, but chose to homeschool this year so we could travel and help my in-laws with their health troubles. I am looking forward to your insights on teaching a middle school child and hope I can offer some helpful information as well.

Donna Benjamin's picture

Hi. I have a group of rambunctious middle schooler who could really use a cool, fun, learning project to end the year. I'd like it to be problem based, but I'm low on creativity. I'm also in South Korea, so I don't have access to all the materials one might have in the States. I'd love some ideas.

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Anthony lee
Sixth,seventh and eighth grade teacher from Maryland

What's up Ronni! I have been where you are. I teach Spanish level two and Technology Integration. I was provisional at one point. If you need any suggestions please let me know. I would be glad to help.

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