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Meet Me in the Middle

Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher

Rick Wormeli

Both a how-to” book and a rich narrative, Meet Me in the Middle draws on the author's 20 years of experience in the middle school classroom. He addresses key middle-level teaching challenges such as differentiating instruction, writing in all subjects, alternative assessments, teaming, mentoring, and more.


Foreword by Ed Brazee

Product Details

  • Author: Rick Wormeli
  • ISBN: 978-157110-328-4
  • Year:2001
  • Media: 264 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: 5-9
  • Item No: WEB-0328

"Rick Wormeli is the teacher you would like to have on your team or in the room next door." -From the Foreword by Ed Brazee

Drawing on the wisdom of educators, researchers, and twenty years of personal experience in the middle school classroom, Rick Wormeli lays out a clear vision of what responsive middle-level teaching can be in Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher.

Both a "how-to" book and a thoughtful narrative on important topics, Meet Me in the Middle gives you successful strategies for addressing key middle-level teaching challenges, including:

  • differentiating instruction;
  • motivating early adolescents;
  • teaming;
  • teaching in block-length classes;
  • using authentic and alternative assessment effectively;
  • writing in all subjects;
  • holding students and teachers accountable;
  • involving parents;
  • mentoring teachers;
  • using games in the classroom;
  • applying the latest in brain research;
  • the National Board Certification process;
  • understanding the young adolescent.

Rick ignites the imagination and commitment of pre-service and beginning teachers and rekindles the motivation of veteran teachers who want to create a high-performance classroom. He effectively demonstrates theory with rich examples from his own teaching. Teacher educators and staff developers will find Meet Me in the Middle to be a wonderful handbook of best practices and insights to share with new teachers, including second-career individuals coming from other professions.

Table of Contents

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Part 1 Creating a Culture of Learning 1. Stoking the Fires Within
2. Motivating Young Adolescents
3. Brain Research Applied to Middle School
4. Active Learning
5. Games in the Classroom
Part 2 Higher Student Achievement Through Innovative and Accomplished Practice / 6. Accountability for High Standards
7. Differentiated Instruction--Fitting the Lesson to the Learner
8. Effective Assessment
9. Planning for Block Scheduling
10. Writing in the Content Areas
Part 3 Extending Our Professional Practices / 11. Teaming
12. Teacher Advisories--A Proposal for Change
13. Outdoor Adventures
14. Mentoring New Teachers
15. Parents as Partners in Twenty-First-Century Learning
16. National Board Certification
17. The Truth About Middle School Students

About the Author

Rick Wormeli
Rick Wormeli is a National Board Certified Teacher and a columnist for Middle Ground magazine. The winner of Disney's American Teacher Award for English in 1996, Rick is an internationally known speaker on middle-level education, innovation... >more



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