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Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher


reviewed by Suzanne Schwarz McCotter — 2003

coverTitle: Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle Level Teacher
Author(s): Rick Wormeli
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, Portland
ISBN: 1571103287, Pages: 264, Year: 2001
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In my work with preservice middle and high school teachers, I find a marked tension between the kind of books they want to read and the texts I actually assign.  As college seniors close to (or in the midst of) student teaching, they’re anxious for ideas, tricks, and manuals – the kind of texts I call “How do I do this?” books.  I guide them to big picture texts, giving them the theory I hope will form a foundation for the decisions they make and begin to provide the tools that will lead to master teaching.  Although I realize that by overlooking the content they perceive as necessary for their preparation, there is a risk of them ignoring or disregarding what I see as essential.  I continue to hope, however, that the big ideas will stay with them and provide context for their eventual teaching.  What we all really need is texts that provide both the big picture and some substantive strategies to go... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 22-24
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10930, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 11:03:43 AM

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  • Suzanne McCotter
    Millersville University
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    SUZANNE S. McCOTTER is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at Millersville University, where she teaches courses in secondary education, supervision, and research methods. She also coordinates a post-baccalaureate teacher education program for interns in a local urban middle school. Dr. McCotter is a former middle and high school teacher. Samples of her research have appeared in Teaching and Teacher Education and The Qualitative Report. Her current research and scholarly interests focus on preservice teacher reflection on student learning and collaborating with school districts for teacher and leader preparation.
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