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Filling Our Jars with Middle Level Rocks

Filling Our Jars with Middle Level Rocks

When I was young, my mother often asked me, "What are the big rocks in your life?" Before I could answer, she would lovingly pat my back or squeeze my hand and remind me to take my time and answer only after deep...
Author: Rajni Shankar-Brown
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If Not You, Then Who?

As I become energized for the new school year, I find myself evaluating middle level practices in our district and across our state. And, although I have read AMLE’s groundbreaking publication This We Believe...
Author: Tom Burton
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Middle Me This! Some Backhanded Validation

Middle Me This! Some Backhanded Validation

While helping stimulate the economy one manicure-pedicure at a time, I was surprised at the salon cashier’s reaction to my response to the typical question, “What do you do?” The cashier,...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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How to Be a Legendary Teacher

How to Be a Legendary Teacher

Can you imagine teaching middle grades students for more than four decades? As a middle school principal, I had the opportunity to work with just such a teacher. Barry Krizan taught three generations of our...
Author: Roger Chamberlain
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The Middle Child of Teaching

Whenever I tell people I'm a teacher, their response is respectful but often tempered with some comment that indicates that perhaps I was not intelligent enough to get a real job. When I add that I teach seventh...
Author: Larry Sandomir
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Ready ... Set ... Grow!

Imagine, if you will. . . It is the first week of a new school year, and a group of about 50 middle school teachers is lingering around the library having coffee and catching up after summer vacation. The principal...
Author: Cecily Anderson
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The Perfect Patch

The Perfect Patch

When I graduated from Slippery Rock University 25 years ago, I was eager to meet the challenges and enjoy the rewards I knew would come my way as an educator. I've not been disappointed. Over those two decades, I...
Author: Tom Burton
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