March is National Middle Level Education Month
This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on this very important time in the education of our 10- to 15-year-olds. This is a time of rapid human development, second only to the growth from birth to age two, making it critical that we provide a supportive environment both at home and school. Check out ideas for how schools, families, and communities can celebrate www.amle.org/mlem.
The school year is now well underway. School leaders are now into the routines of both leading and managing their schools. If you are serving in one of these roles, now is opportunity to more fully embrace the principal leadership trinity -- getting to know your people, talking about performance, and leading for results. The focus for this PEP article is on the first part of the trinity—getting to know your people—students and staff (both certified and non-certified). Use the following tips to forge more solid relationships that can contribute to better results—improved teaching and support for learning for all children.
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
Check out the middle level article on page five of this month's WHSFA newsletter!
On Thursday, September 14 Senators Tim Kaine and Shelley Moore Capito introduced the bipartisan Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act legislation that would expose middle school students to CTE programs focused on career exploration. It is good to know that the middle grades are on the minds of legislators in DC.
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