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Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice to Teachers from Middle Schoolers

Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice to Teachers from Middle Schoolers

by Kathleen Cushman, Laura Rogers


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The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling Fires in the Bathroom—filled with practical, honest advice from middle school students to their teachers.

Following on the heels of the bestselling Fires in the Bathroom, which brought the insights of high school students to teachers and parents, Kathleen Cushman now turns her attention to the crucial and challenging middle grades, joining forces with adolescent psychologist Laura Rogers.

As teachers, counselors, and parents cope with the roller coaster of early adolescence, too few stop to ask students what they think about these critical years. Here, middle school students in grades 5 through 8 across the country and from diverse ethnic backgrounds offer insights on what it takes to make classrooms more effective and how to forge stronger relationships between young adolescents and adults. Students tackle such critical topics as social, emotional, and academic pressures; classroom behavior; organization; and preparing for high school. Cushman and Rogers help readers hear and understand the vital messages about adolescent learning that come through in what these students say.

This invaluable resource provides a unique window into how middle school students think, feel, and learn, bringing their needs to the forefront of the conversation about education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595581112
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 03/31/2008
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Cushman is the author of Fires in the Bathroom (The New Press). She lives in New York City. Laura Rogers, EdD, has a doctorate from Harvard University and twelve years of experience as a school psychologist working with adolescents. She teaches at Tufts University and lives in Harvard, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Introduction: Journey over a Bridge     1
Everything Is Off Balance     14
A Teacher on Our Side     39
Social Forces in the Classroom     66
Helping Us Grow into Confident Learners     103
Using Our Energy to Help Us Learn     132
Make Way for Parents     151
Our Transition to High School     170
Epilogue: Through the Kaleidoscope     193
Resources for Middle-Grades Teachers     201
Acknowledgments     206
The Student Contributors     209
Index     215

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Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice to Teachers from Middle Schoolers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is the best book I've read so far about the inner workings of Middle School students and how a teacher can best reach them. It's a far cry from the academic guesses of the usual material about Middle School. I have so many new ideas, now, that I don't even know where to start. Because of this book, I am more confident than I've ever been about the success of the school year....and I've been teaching for 25 years!