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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595584838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595584830
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I did enjoy this book but after a few chapters it became repetitive. If you're looking for clear concise solutions into what middle school students are thinking and want you won't get that. The kids who share their thoughts are honest and I had many chuckles. However, upon completion of this book my thoughts have been reaffirmed. Middle school kids are unpredictable, contradictory, and must be treated as individuals. They are all different and each one is different from even themselves from day to day.
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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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By MMW on September 12, 2014
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Most helpful for younger teachers or those first working with middle school students.
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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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