We, as the Collegiate Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, are a small group of individuals passionate about providing a quality education for the middle level student. Members of the organization network with other middle level professionals at conferences, in particular, the Minnesota Middle Level Association Conference in the Twin Cities in December each year. We also engage and discuss professional development topics and issues in education which produce significant ideas for working with middle level students. Some recent meetings have focused on the teaching of a growth, rather than fixed mindset; hearing from a panel of middle level students sharing their perspectives; different types of classroom energizers; the insights of local teachers/guidance counselors into the unique characteristics of a middle level school; a presentation on how to use google docs in the middle level classroom; and sharing YouTube clips that would be appreciated by students. Each meeting begins with the “Circle of Power and Respect” that facilitates the creation of community, includes an energizer, and, of course, snacks.
~Deb Pattee, Assistant Professor, Education Studies, UW-Eau Claire
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