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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English and Literature-Grades 5-8

Late Work

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Wondering...what are some of your approaches to handling late work from students?

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HI! Im a teacher of English. I'M FROM TUNISIA. I WANT YOU TO HELP ME FIND LISTENING AND READING MATERIALS (ABOUT FAMILY SCHOOL MEMORIES AS COMPREHENSION )TO MY PUPILS.CAN I FND SOME IN EDUTOPIA.MAY YOU HELP ME?
THANKS IN ADANCE.

Six grade social studies tacher and Service Learning Director

Technology in Valdosta City Schools

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I love technology and have found that middle school kids love it. Its a great opportunity for them to demonstrate learning in very interesting ways. They learn alot about themselves and you learn alot about them in the process. We should use their interest to fuel their learning and technology is big on kids list. Every year my students are engaged in project based learning using the internet.

I'm a 7th grade language arts

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I'm a 7th grade language arts teacher in Missouri. I am in my 4th year. One of my interests is learning more about project-based learning. I'm always looking for (read hi-jacking) fun ideas to sculpt to fit my environment. I'm lucky in that I work in a building where I can implement most anything I can come up with, as long as it's free. We seem to be somewhat behind in a few areas, but I'm hoping to drag the district along with me.

Antother topic I'm interested in is Instuctional Coaching. I'm hoping to help teachers become the best they can be in a non-punitive way, but my research on this topic is in its infancy.

Due to the prediction of a "blizzard" in our area, I'm hoping to learn a lot in the next few days. I'm thrilled for the chance to interact and learn from this resource.

Kim

7th Grade Language Arts teacher near Lancaster, PA

While I've had my degree and

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While I've had my degree and teaching certificate since 1988, I've only been teaching full time for 4 years (several years substituting before that). I absolutely love teaching middle school students!! They have a desire to learn and are so much fun to be around. Sure they are going through all types of changes at this time in their lives, but isn't it great that they have caring, interested adults to help them through those?!

I'm looking forward to being part of this community. I'm looking for ways to use differentiated instruction in my teaching, as well as incorporating technology into what I do everyday. I think this will be a good place to start.

Novice Middle School Math Teacher

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This is my third year of teaching and second year at a Title 1 school. This is the first time as a blogger. I am looking to learn as much as can from other teachers. I found this site through my masters program at Walden University and part of the requirement for this week's lesson is to blog. So here it goes....

7/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Maine

Hello! This is my first year

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Hello! This is my first year teaching, and in that I am immersed in the craziness of Middle School! I teach 6th Grade World Geography and 7th Grade US History in a rural Maine 5-8 school. I love to use technology in the classroom and bring a laid-back and humorous attitude to the classroom. You can follow me on Twitter @ryanrobertreed

7th Grade English

Hello from Kansas

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I am 2nd year teacher from an urban school in Kansas City Metro Area. I teach 7th grade English and am in the throws of the assessment season. I have a background in speech/theater and am in striving to incorporate differentiation, collaboration, and technology into my classroom instruction. As a new teacher I am discovering everyday how much I don't know and how much I have to learn about teaching. I am looking forward to being apart of this group and learning a lot about teaching.

In the midst of budget cuts and limited resources, I do what I can with what I have, but I need more help to be better at what I do.

Greetings from Central New York!

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I am in my seventh year teaching middle school science. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade science, along with an accelerated 9th grade science course. I have a degree in Biology and my Masters in Education, and I am currently working toward an administrative degree, although I am not sure that administration is what I want to do.

I look forward to collaborating with all of you and sharing what I have learned in the last several years. I really believe that the best way to move our students forward is to work together and share the best practices. Thank you all in advance for your willingness to share your knowledge.

Middle School English Teacher

Thank you

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I really appreciate the enthusiasm of the teachers who have commented on this site. This is my seventeenth year of teaching middle school. I feel like I have recently lost a lot of creativity and authenticity in my classroom as I am pressured to teach so that my students can pass the state tests. In the past year or so, I have worked hard to incorporate differentiated lessons into the mix as well. I will be gleaning ideas from each person who responds here. So, again and ahead of time--thanks to all.

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