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Is Middle School an Effective Educational Entity?

I came across a very interesting teacher's perspective on the middle school recently. After reading it, I realized that one inherent issue with middle school is that it has always and still does lack definition. Yes, one could argue that it is defined by its title...a "middle school" that is between elementary and high school. However, is it treated as such? Not in many districts. Should the middle school follow a curriculum and structure of its own? Are tweens a group of their own? I think so. I think the middle school needs to be examined very carefully. I feel that the majority of high-school drop outs don't wait until high school to fall behind, give up, and drop out. At the same time, most fifth graders are still trying hard, trying to please their teachers, parents, etc.

The document that I found that made me start to consider this issue is available upon request. There are undeniable issues with what teachers are being asked to do in Middle Schools across the nation. I think the time has come to look more closely at those who have for so long been neglected.

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  • Jan 14 2013: • only spend $200 of school money on class supplies every year (if you are a teacher, you know you that you spend at least twice that much on your own class every year)
    • make sure every child has the necessary materials with which he can learn
    • don’t ask parents to spend too much money on supplies
    • he needs texts read aloud
    • repeat, reword, clarify
    • pre-assess and differentiate
    • attend this workshop (that has not been differentiated)
    • read up on Howard Gardner, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Lucy Calkins, Mary Atwell, and every other educational guru that publishes a new idea
    • ask high level questions
    • practice for a lockdown in case of a school shooter
    • don’t talk about the shooting in Newtown
    • don’t allow a child to go to the nurse when she’s on lunch break
    • you can’t deny a child when he or she asks to go to the bathroom or to the nurse
    • don’t allow children to go back to their lockers
    • make sure every child has the necessary materials with which he can learn
    • don’t ask parents to spend too much money on supplies
    • only spend $200 of school money on class supplies every year (if you are a teacher, you know you that you spend at least twice that much on your own class every year)
    • flip your classroom
    • maintain a website
    • post your homework on the homework board every night
    • post your homework on your webpage every night
    • check to make sure every student has copied the homework
    • email his father every evening what the homework assignment is because he lies to his dad about having homework
    • email his father every afternoon to tell him if the homework is complete
    • her parents are divorced, and dad wants to be emailed everything that mom is emailed, but not on the same email because there is a no contact order
    • waiting on word about the custody hearing, but until then, under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you contact his mom
    • He’s BSI
    • be familiar with IEP’s and 504’s
    • administer the SRI’s
    • meet with your PLC
    • make sure you’ve read the CCSS
    • enrich the ECG

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