Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher / Edition 1

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Rick Wormeli is the teacher you would like to have on your team or in the room next door.
from the Foreword by Ed Brazee

Drawing on the wisdom of educators, researchers, and twenty years of personal experience in the middle school classroom, Rick Wormeli lays out a clear vision of what responsive middle-level teaching can be in Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher.

Both a "how-to" book and a thoughtful narrative on important topics, Meet Me in the Middle gives you successful strategies for addressing key middle-level teaching challenges, including:

  • differentiating instruction;
  • motivating early adolescents;
  • teaming;
  • teaching in block-length classes;
  • using authentic and alternative assessment effectively;
  • writing in all subjects;
  • holding students and teachers accountable;
  • involving parents;
  • mentoring teachers;
  • using games in the classroom;
  • applying the latest in brain research;
  • the National Board Certification process;
  • understanding the young adolescent.

Rick ignites the imagination and commitment of pre-service and beginning teachers and rekindles the motivation of veteran teachers who want to create a high-performance classroom. He effectively demonstrates theory with rich examples from his own teaching. Teacher educators and staff developers will find Meet Me in the Middle to be a wonderful handbook of best practices and insights to share with new teachers, including second-career individuals coming from other professions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A powerful and pragmatic effort. It balances the author's passion for teaching with his studied effort to substantiate his positions with research." - Middle Ground

"A handbook for harnessing the ebullient energy of the middle schooler and using it to create an environment for learning." - Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

"Every time I had a question, a concern, or needed to turn somewhere to validate whatever I was feeling, I was able to substantiate my sanity by engaging in dialogue with the pages of this book." - Teacher Leaders Network

"Will appeal to all middle level teachers serving both as an introduction to middle school education for novice teachers and as a tool to reinvigorate mid-career and veteran teachers." - Education Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103284
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 443,068

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Creating a Culture of Learning 1
1 Stoking the Fires Within 1
2 Motivating Young Adolescents 7
3 Brain Research Applied to Middle School 19
4 Active Learning 40
5 Games in the Classroom 49
Pt. 2 Higher Student Achievement Through Innovative and Accomplished Practice 59
6 Accountability for High Standards 59
7 Differentiated Instruction - Fitting the Lesson to the Learner 68
8 Effective Assessment 89
9 Planning for Block Scheduling 102
10 Writing in the Content Areas 116
Pt. 3 Extending Our Professional Practices 135
11 Teaming 135
12 Teacher Advisories - A Proposal for Change 144
13 Outdoor Adventures 150
14 Mentoring New Teachers 164
15 Parents as Partners in Twenty-First-Century Learning 171
16 National Board Certification 177
17 The Truth About Middle School Students 187
Appendixes 193
References 227
Index 233
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