A Crazy Place Called Middle School

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A Crazy Place Called Middle School

As a group of middle school teachers, let's share ideas that have been successful in the classroom!

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Comment by Dana Sirotiak on December 5, 2010 at 5:08pm
Does anyone here currently have distance learning in your school or district? I am looking to bring it to my school district and need to present to the board. Does anyone know if there is funding provided for schools/districts that have virtual learning? I appreciate the help. Please email me at sirotiak02@aol.com Thank you.
Comment by Leon Avrech on August 19, 2010 at 2:22pm
My name is Leon Avrech in San Jose, CA. I am retired after almost 40 years in middle school. I recently had a book published to help middle school teachers be successful. THINK YOU CAN TEACH? A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS. Please tell others about my book. Available at amazon.com barnesandnoble.com borders.com and independent book stores from Ingram distribution. Thank you very much. Leon
Comment by Johnathan Chase on August 6, 2010 at 6:09am
Have posted pictures of 3D Memorial Projects created by 8th graders over at my profile page. Check out Learning From Lyrics FB Group; see wall for more lesson ideas and additional examples of student media projects. Also check info page for additional links and resources...

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71704526084

New members always welcome!
Comment by Frank Gardner on July 11, 2010 at 6:18pm
I will be teaching 8th grade Math after a few years of teaching Science. Been teaching for 14 years after 24 years in the AF. I love the MS mentality and enjoy watching the students learn even when they think they don't.
Comment by Marty Smith on June 4, 2010 at 7:14am
I had my students write their I Am Poem and then put each line on power point where they added pictures to reflect meaning. They each gave an oral presentation and we all enjoyed learning about each other. Wonderful! Every teacher should try it.
Comment by Mariam Raza on June 4, 2010 at 5:34am
Hi My name is Mariam! I'm looking to incorporate more web 2.0 tools into the classroom next year. I used Quia.com last year and am planning in using Edmodo for assignment management. I also want to use glogster. I want to push for students to create their own PLNs, since the teacher really is becoming more and more a "guide on the side" rather than the captain in charge...? See what I mean: http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/pln-your-personal-lear...

I'm very excited to be here and exchange ideas for a middle school LA classroom! I'm open to any and all ideas!
Comment by Leon Avrech on April 19, 2010 at 12:50pm
My name is Leon Avrech, retired middle school teacher, vice principal, principal, and mentor teacher in San Jose CA. I recently had a book published which is an enormous help to new teachers. The title is: "Think You Can Teach? A Survival Guide For New Middle School Teachers". Available at amazon.com barnesandnoble.com borders.com xlibris.com The book covers from the first day of orientation to the end of year evaluation. Topics include
lesson plans, parent conferences, yard duty, evaluation, classroom management and more. I have a passion for middle school and wrote the book so that new teachers will be successful. The book is inexpensive, $10 for soft cover and will help teachers succeed. Thank you, Leon Avrech. legendleon@att.net
Comment by Christine on December 1, 2009 at 7:30pm
Hi all. I'm Chrissie, and I've been teaching 8th grade English on Long Island, NY for fifteen years. We just finished The Outsiders, and are currently giving Power Point presentations on a non-fiction outside reading book. Looking for some other 8th grade classes to collaborate with on a variety of topics, ranging from Six Traits to The Diary of Anne Frank. Excited to be here!
Comment by Kelli L. Frazier on December 1, 2009 at 6:16pm
Hi all! I teach 8th grade social studies at PV Middle in Wichita, KS. This is just my third year of teaching. Previously, I spent 15 years in advertising and marketing and 6 years in fundraising for a university while I was going back to school to get my degrees in history and teaching. I LOVE middle schoolers though I had no thought that I would - my original goal was high school.
I hope I can learn from all of you and bring something to the table as well!
Comment by Laura Gonzalez on November 20, 2009 at 9:26am
Hello!

I teach 7th grade language arts and reading improvement for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Carrollton, TX (a suburb of Dallas). This is my 5th year in that institution called middle school.
 

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