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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595584838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595584830
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cushman, whose well-received Fires in the Bathroom covered high school students, teamed up with psychologist and Tufts professor Rogers to explore how to teach middle school students more effectively. What's a teacher to do when she's trying to be so nice and they're setting fires in the bathroom, a high school student had asked in the first volume. Much of the material that Cushman gathered (from 40 students in five cities) is about basic classroom skills. Teachers should listen carefully to what's on their students' minds and put the currents in your classroom to good use, rather than work against them, the authors advise. Be strict and be nice, they say, which is hard, but walking that line is one way you show that you are on your students' side when it comes to helping them learn. Cushman and Rogers quote frequently from their student panel, helping readers grow accustomed to their ways of expressing themselves, and include several self-evaluation worksheets for teachers. While there's little new, for teachers fresh out of college and headed for inner-city classrooms, this book may be a useful resource. (May)
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"This book brings out the essence of what, and how, middle school kids think. Teachers can learn from them—not just new teachers, but those who have been in the field for a while."
—Deborah Kasak, Executive Director, National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

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Kathleen Cushman: Writer and speaker, raising youth voices

As a journalist and documentarian, I collaborate with diverse youth around the U.S. and abroad, bringing their voices directly to bear on the complex challenges that affect their lives and learning. As a speaker and presenter, I work with educational institutions to connect the direct input of youth with promising practices in secondary schools and colleges.

I bring forty years of experience and new learning to this work. Most of my work since 2001 is for What Kids Can Do (WKCD.org), the nonprofit I co-founded with Barbara Cervone, but I also regularly speak, consult, and write for organizations around the country.

Starting as a printer's devil in my high school years, over four decades I've worn every hat in publishing: writer, editor, and publisher for newspapers, magazines, and books in many fields. Reporting on national high school change from 1988 to 2001 gave me a solid grasp of educational issues and an active network of people in the forefront of that field. Teaching first-year writing at Harvard trained me to coach young people to think deeply and to free up and discipline their voices. Helping to start a progressive public secondary school in Massachusetts in 1995 gave me hands-on experience in setting the bar high for all students.

In the past decade, for WKCD, I have traveled the U.S. and abroad collecting the voices of youth, then bringing their words into print and mixed-media forms. Grounded in the rough and subtle realities of adolescence, these voices cut close to the bone -- illuminating "best practices" in education, and revealing the fault lines that divide students along lines of class, color, and money. I aim to bring young people's vivid experiences and insights to an even wider audience, by speaking, writing, and collaborating with you who share a commitment to equity, opportunity, and powerful learning for all.

I live and work in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Higdon on July 24, 2013
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Hearing the voices of students is critical for teachers, but often overlooked. This book does a great job of hearing the voices of the middle school student and offers practical suggestions for how to address the concerns of students and create a more meaningful educational experience for them. I use this book in education courses--my students/future teachers seem to get a lot out of it and it ignites meaningful conversation about what it means to be an effective middle school teacher beyond the academic aspect of teaching. As a seasoned professional returning to middle school teaching, it was also a nice refresher as I establish my classroom environment and practices at a new school.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri M. Faus on April 15, 2009
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As a first year Middle School teacher, I needed some insight into the unpredictable behavior of an adolescent. I appreciated this book for that. I was looking for some tips about how to respond to their behavior, and this book really didn't offer much in that regard. Still, understanding their perspective gives me food for thought.
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I kind of liked reading this book, it was interesting. It's a good one to read if you are going into elementary school OR secondary school-especially if you want to teach 5th-8th grade! Great value and in great condition
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By Jared R. Rawlings on August 24, 2013
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I had heard hype about this text and was disappointed. Only anecdotes are shared and no mention of strategies to help. If you are clueless as to what goes on in the middle school classroom or need a reference of middle school behavior, then buy this book. For those of you who teach it every day, this is a snooze
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By nina on January 18, 2013
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A great perspective to consider as a teacher, I got it for my classroom management class. It was great going back into the eyes of a middle schooler
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