Expert Advice for Middle School Teachers Featured in New Book From Tweenteacher Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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Just released: ‘Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers by Tweenteacher expert Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers rare insight into the concerns of middle school teachers and provides practical advice and support specific to their work.

"If we don’t figure out how to love teaching, then our students will not love learning.”

With a knowledge of the particular challenges facing middle school teachers regarding classroom management and instruction, popular education blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron has written ‘Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers, published by Eye On Education.

The book offers strategies for educators looking to capture and keep their middle school students’ attention in the classroom, provide effective instruction, and, importantly, improve their experiences as middle school teachers, a.k.a. Tweenteachers.

An award-winning middle school teacher and author of the well-known blog Tweenteacher, Wolpert-Gawron is suited to helping teachers in middle schools meet and exceed their professional goals. “We all know this job is fraught with challenges we never signed up for, and we’re held accountable for failings we have no control over,” Wolpert-Gawron writes. “However, if we don’t figure out how to love teaching, with all of its obstacles and insults, then our students will not love learning.”

‘Tween Crayons and Curfews is a comprehensive guidebook for teachers seeking advice on how to engage their middle school students, instruct with rigor, and become better, happier educators overall. The author provides strategies on how to keep students’ time meaningful, develop a tween-centric classroom library, differentiate instruction, and speak the language of tweens using social media. Specifically, she tackles how to teach tweens about their brains and how they learn, use data formatively, and build community in the middle school classroom

In addition, Wolpert-Gawron shares unique “lesson trails,” step-by-step activities to be used in the classroom following every formal assessment, in order to use that test formatively. Two different lesson trail packets are described in the book: one for formatively reflecting on essay writing, and one for formatively reflecting on a multiple-choice assessment for any subject.

Why do middle school teachers need their own guidebook? Eye On Education President Robert Sickles believes that the concerns of middle school teachers are unique enough that they require targeted strategies. “The middle school years present special problems for teachers,” said Sickles. “The range of student maturity is what makes middle schools so special and the title of the book reveals this range.”

In addition to teaching full time and blogging as "Tweenteacher", Wolpert-Gawron is a member of the Center for Teaching Quality's Teacher Leaders Network and a blogger for Edutopia and The Huffington Post. She is committed to helping teachers navigate and embrace their professions – and elevate their work as educators.

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