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August 6, 2015 Long Time Blog Reader, First Time Writer By John DePasquale
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    When it comes to the Scholastic Top Teaching blog, I’m a longtime reader, now turned first-time writer. Like many of you, I have been reading the blog posts here for years. It is a privilege to join such an amazing group of teacher bloggers this school year.

    For my entire career as a middle school teacher, I hope to advocate for those who too often are described as being stuck in the middle. Middle school students, and those devoted to working with them, are certainly not stuck idly. One thing that is for certain about most middle schoolers is that if they have something to say, they say it. They might even occasionally say it at an inappropriate volume. This is the reason I have learned it is so important to listen to them, regardless of how loudly or quietly they speak.

    I am a proud New York City public school teacher. I teach at Arts & Letters, a unique school in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Students at Arts & Letters are encouraged to be creative, courageous, compassionate, and even a bit quirky in a caring community that truly sees and hears them. This year I will be working with fifth to eighth grade students as a writing teacher and literacy specialist. I look forward to welcoming you into my classroom through blog posts where I will share ideas and strategies I hope you will add to your own practices.

     

    However, before I am able to actually welcome you into my classroom, I first need to move into it! The new school year for me comes with the added excitement of teaching in a new classroom. Although this might seem daunting to some, I appreciate the prospect of designing a new classroom environment on a blank canvas. I was told last week that the custodians at Arts & Letters, just like hardworking school custodians across the country, are continuing to tirelessly prepare the classrooms. Once the floors are stripped clean and the walls painted, I will have the opportunity to move all of my boxes into the new room and get down to work.

    I hope to share with you my progress as the classroom begins to take shape in the coming weeks. This year, I will be teaching a number of different classes in a single classroom. This requires planning and organizational strategies that not only work, but are also sustainable. I'll let you in on what methods are successful — and not — for carving out my classroom. And, more importantly, I'll share my tips and ideas for what goes on in that classroom with my amazing middle school students.

     

    In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Twitter @johndepasquale_.

    When it comes to the Scholastic Top Teaching blog, I’m a longtime reader, now turned first-time writer. Like many of you, I have been reading the blog posts here for years. It is a privilege to join such an amazing group of teacher bloggers this school year.

    For my entire career as a middle school teacher, I hope to advocate for those who too often are described as being stuck in the middle. Middle school students, and those devoted to working with them, are certainly not stuck idly. One thing that is for certain about most middle schoolers is that if they have something to say, they say it. They might even occasionally say it at an inappropriate volume. This is the reason I have learned it is so important to listen to them, regardless of how loudly or quietly they speak.

    I am a proud New York City public school teacher. I teach at Arts & Letters, a unique school in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Students at Arts & Letters are encouraged to be creative, courageous, compassionate, and even a bit quirky in a caring community that truly sees and hears them. This year I will be working with fifth to eighth grade students as a writing teacher and literacy specialist. I look forward to welcoming you into my classroom through blog posts where I will share ideas and strategies I hope you will add to your own practices.

     

    However, before I am able to actually welcome you into my classroom, I first need to move into it! The new school year for me comes with the added excitement of teaching in a new classroom. Although this might seem daunting to some, I appreciate the prospect of designing a new classroom environment on a blank canvas. I was told last week that the custodians at Arts & Letters, just like hardworking school custodians across the country, are continuing to tirelessly prepare the classrooms. Once the floors are stripped clean and the walls painted, I will have the opportunity to move all of my boxes into the new room and get down to work.

    I hope to share with you my progress as the classroom begins to take shape in the coming weeks. This year, I will be teaching a number of different classes in a single classroom. This requires planning and organizational strategies that not only work, but are also sustainable. I'll let you in on what methods are successful — and not — for carving out my classroom. And, more importantly, I'll share my tips and ideas for what goes on in that classroom with my amazing middle school students.

     

    In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Twitter @johndepasquale_.

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