I recently posted “Let’s Put the “Middle” Back in Middle Level” over on the Bright Futures Blog.
In it, I argued that we middle level educators are being pulled away from our core values by a lot of competing priorities and goals. I wrote:
Middle level shouldn’t be about test taking, or getting kids to put aside their cell phones or Facebook pages, or high school readiness, or work readiness. It’s not even about “hormones with feet…” First and foremost, middle level needs to be about young adolescents: what are their characteristics and what practices are harmonious with those characteristics.
And the more we get away from that being our center (no pun intended), the harder it is to teach middle level students. That includes (and is perhaps especially true for) that list of important (but supporting) goals for middle level education…
I also shared some really great resources! available for free on the AMLE website, that we can use with our teachers, school boards, and parents and communities to remind everyone about the main thing in middle level education.
It’s Your Turn:
How are you keeping the main thing the main thing in middle level education?