Saturday, September 15, 2012

What is Middle Schoolin' about?

Middle Schoolin'
Middle Schoolin'

Middle Schoolin' is about the challenges, humor, and rewards of teaching, as well as classroom tragedies and successes, that take place in inner city public schools. In this book there are 50 vignettes that describe human-interest, real-life situations experienced by two Los Angeles middle school teachers.

Based on interactions with students, parents, and other education professionals, the stories both educate and entertain and include anecdotes that are humorous, sad, tragic, hopeful, uplifting, and thought-provoking. The vignettes reveal the day-to-day challenges that teachers face and the rewards that are often bestowed as a result.

From the knife-toting male to the watch-swiping student, and to the late-to-class-again girls, this collection provides a glimpse into the modern-day classroom. Addressing valuable moments in teaching, Middle Schoolin’ opens the classroom doors to provide an insight into the human element of education.

There are five thought-provoking questions for each chapter. These questions are designed to stimulate discussion and for teachers to reflect on their own philosophies of education and teaching practices. The questions promote higher level thinking and include references to the works of: Freud, Piaget, Skinner, Vygotsky, Dewey, Freire, etc. and theories such as: constructivism, cognitivism, humanism, behaviorism, etc. The questions can be found at:

Middle Schoolin' has gotten lots of positive reviews from our colleagues as well as from many education professors for being reader-friendly. The book can easily be read a chapter a day or in one or two sessions if one chooses.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this information to a colleague, friend or anyone who can use it.

BONUS: This book contains 25 Teaching Strategies!


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