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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 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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Alison Kenny's picture
Alison Kenny
6-8 grade Social Studies

I used to teach 7th grade Social Studies, but this year I am a curriculum coach for 6-8th grade Social Studies. I am looking for innovative ideas to bring back to teachers and their students so they can increase the level of student engagement in their classrooms. I am really excited to have discovered this discussion forum! I would love to collaborate on strategies and ideas that work in the classroom!

andrea's picture

I am a social studies teacher for grades 6th- 8th and a first year debate coach. I am interested in ideas concerning multiple learning and differentiated strategies. I would like to also connect to other social studies teachers to exchange ideas on how to incorporate creative ways to teach social studies. I look forward to reading and exchanging ideas with everyone.

Garth J McKinney's picture
Garth J McKinney
Language Arts Coordinator

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).

Wuzzy's picture
7th Grade Civics Teacher

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!

Debbie's picture
middle school technology teacher

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.

Doriane Murry's picture
Doriane Murry
I am a student at present looking forward to a bright future in teaching

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

tmsmath's picture
middle school math teacher, bergen county, nj

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?

Karren's picture

Hi all. Just joined because I am interviewing for a 7th grade language arts position on Monday and am thinking positive thoughts!

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