Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice to Teachers from Middle Schoolersby Kathleen Cushman, Laura Rogers
Pub. Date: 03/31/2008
Publisher: New Press, The
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The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling Fires in the Bathroomfilled with practical, honest advice from middle school students to their teachers.
Following on the heels of the bestselling Fires in the Bathroom, which brought the insights of high school students to teachers and parents, Kathleen Cushman now turns her attention to the crucial and challenging middle grades, joining forces with adolescent psychologist Laura Rogers.
As teachers, counselors, and parents cope with the roller coaster of early adolescence, too few stop to ask students what they think about these critical years. Here, middle school students in grades 5 through 8 across the country and from diverse ethnic backgrounds offer insights on what it takes to make classrooms more effective and how to forge stronger relationships between young adolescents and adults. Students tackle such critical topics as social, emotional, and academic pressures; classroom behavior; organization; and preparing for high school. Cushman and Rogers help readers hear and understand the vital messages about adolescent learning that come through in what these students say.
This invaluable resource provides a unique window into how middle school students think, feel, and learn, bringing their needs to the forefront of the conversation about education.
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Table of ContentsPreface xi
Introduction: Journey over a Bridge 1
Everything Is Off Balance 14
A Teacher on Our Side 39
Social Forces in the Classroom 66
Helping Us Grow into Confident Learners 103
Using Our Energy to Help Us Learn 132
Make Way for Parents 151
Our Transition to High School 170
Epilogue: Through the Kaleidoscope 193
Resources for Middle-Grades Teachers 201
The Student Contributors 209
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This is the best book I've read so far about the inner workings of Middle School students and how a teacher can best reach them. It's a far cry from the academic guesses of the usual material about Middle School. I have so many new ideas, now, that I don't even know where to start. Because of this book, I am more confident than I've ever been about the success of the school year....and I've been teaching for 25 years!