Teach well. Be happy. In this book, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, author of the popular education blog "Tweenteacher" shares ideas for teaching an age group that too often presents a challenge for educators. With sparkling humor and a unique, fundamental understanding of the middle children of education, the award-winning teacher offers tried-and-true strategies for:
Creating a tween-centric classroom environment
Building community in the middle school classroom
Encouraging deeper thinking and curiosity among tweens
Understanding and informing tweens about how they learn
Conversational and practical, this book aims to motivate and inspire middle school teachers as they work to engage their students, instruct with rigor, and improve their own experiences as Tweenteachers!
About the Author Acknowledgements Meet the Author Introduction 1. Tips for Creating a Tween-Centric Classroom Environment 2. Tips to Build Community in the Middle School Classroom 3. Tips for Teaching Tweens About Their Brains and How They Learn 4. Tips for Using Data Formatively 5. Tips to Help Keep Their Time Meaningful 6. Tips for Teaching Deeper Thinking 7. Tips for Teaching Tweens to be Teachers 8. Developing a Tween-Centric Classroom Library for Any Subject 9. Differentiation in a Tween Classroom 10. Teaching Knowledge Through Questioning 11. Speaking Their Language Through the Use of Social Media 12. Dealing with the Grading and Feedback Masses 13. Being Flexible 14. Publicizing Your Efforts to Get What You Need 15. Taking Care of Yourself