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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Program Supervisor of the Center for Suicide Prevention

Newbie

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Hi,

Just a quick note to introduce myself...

For the past 10 years, I have focused primarily on suicide intervention (developed a high-school based suicide prevention program - RESPONSE - listed on the AFSP/SPRC best practice registry)

I'm currently researching primary prevention strategies that would help prevent depression. Mental health disorders typically begin emerging at age 14. Mindfulness techniques are not only showing great promise to prevent depression, but I'm hoping to extend the application of these techniques to help curb bullying. Your ideas and feedback are sincerely appreciated!

Social Media in Middle School

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Hello! We have just started using Social Media in our middle school. Our pilot project started in October, and we have made great gains in scores, attendance and engagement. Even though it is going great, I'd love to hear from any of you who are doing something similar. There is always so much more to learn!

mrlane

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state testing begins next week... can't wait! :(

Hi, I'm a middle school math

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Hi,

I'm a middle school math teacher and have been teaching for the past 6 years. I'm avid fan of using latest tools especially online to help teach more effectively.Heather I'm a regular follower of your blog and simply love your posts!

Look forward to actively contributing and learning from this group.

Debra

Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

Hey all!

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Welcome, to everyone. I see that our little middle school group is slowly growing, and it wonderful to see dialogues happening between folks to not only share information, but to also solve problems and seek tween advice. You are the ones who are making our group so successful.

I encourage everyone to feel free to start a discussion thread of your choice, moderate it, and keep the conversations going!

Welcome.

-Heather WG

Middle School Social Media Program

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Our Middle School Social Media pilot project was just featured in the April edition of Today's OEA. The article is entitled "Thinking Differently". Check it out ~ we are very proud. It can also be read on www.edsome.com

Liz Delmatoff - George Middle School

Pilot Project Article in Today's OEA

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Our Social Media in Middle School pilot project was just featured in the April edition of Today's OEA. We are so proud! The aricle is entitled "Thinking Differently" and can be read at OEA online or on the website www.edsome.com

Liz Delmatoff
George Middle School

Special Education, Middle School

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I have taught middle school for 16 years. I absolutely love my job; yet hate it as well. Isn't that strange? I teach in an inner city school in Birmingham, Alabama. We are always taking criticism for not being as highly successful as some of the more affluent systems. Sometimes that gets old; but I've found that some of the most committed teachers that I know, like me, prefer to teach where others might not want to be. I think it's tragic, however, when politicians keep pushing incentives for successful teachers, when success is measured by testing results. At our school, we rarely see parents. Kids rarely do homework and we have to find our own motivation. For me, I believe my future is dependent on my students and I treat them as if they are my own.

Language Arts Teacher, grades 6, 7, 8 in Florida; author; cartoonist

Finding the Humor in Middle School

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I've been teaching Language Arts in Florida for 18 years, and teaching middle school since 1996. Since 2000 I have been drawing a comic strip about teaching middle school for my local paper, the Daytona Beach News-Journal (and online at www.mrfitz.com). I think anyone in this group would relate to the strip. I also write books for Scholastic Professional books about teaching writing, and the books have Mr. Fitz comic strips in them as well. I'm glad my wife stumble across this site tonight! (She's a middle school teacher, too-- at the same school. And our daughter's in my class.)

Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

Hey Mr. Finkle!

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Welcome to the Edutopia boards. I loved looking at your comics, and clearly your humor is exactly what teaching middle school is all about. I hope to hear your voice often on in the middle school forum, and perhaps a scanned picture every now and then for some levity?

Glad your wife found us too!

-Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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