Teaching the Middle Grades

As all teachers, we are constantly learning and developing our knowledge.  I have recently purchased a book I would like to share with you all. 

Day One and Beyond: Practical Matters for New Middle Level Teachers by Rick Wormeli


As the title states it is based on Middle school or Junior/Intermediate grades.  What I truly enjoyed about this book is that it does not deal with instruction per se.  It is everything around instruction that we as middle school teachers do or need to do.  This is a great foundational book about how to succeed in this grade level if you are a starting teacher, new to the grade level or in your first few years of teaching this grade level.  It provides the reader with teaching strategies in every chapter but it also helps you answer questions such as “what you are to do the first day of school, how to set up your grade book, how to discipline middle aged students and how to get their attention” (pg. 3).


I was fascinated when I first found this book as these were the questions I wanted answered.  I know many of us do professional development reading,  but this one I feel is a true book about the How and not the What of teaching! 


One of my favorite quotes from this book are : “If you have successfully eliminated from your vocabulary all words and phrases which could be construed as having anything to do with pubescent body parts or things those parts could do with each other – such as nut, ball, melon, jug, crack, hard, soft, limp, rubber, bone, French, stick, stroke, whack, poke, bang, feel, lick, insert, suck,  or blow – then you most definitely are a middle school teacher.”  (p.8)


Rick Wormeli truly catches the essence of our teaching experiences and guides us onto paths of success.  It is an all-encompassing book that helps us deal with everything from classroom set up to parents.  Click on the link to be able to purchase the book.


I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! Let us know what you have found interesting and worthwhile with this read.



2 thoughts on “Teaching the Middle Grades

  1. Tammy Aiello August 25, 2012 at 2:00 am

    That quote from the book is tooooo funny, but so true. Even when you’ve managed to eliminate those words, the kids will manage to find something else to snicker about! (A couple of years ago, the whole class dissolved into fits when I instructed one boy who was pushing his binder onto another student’s desk to “Please keep your hands in your own area.” I haven’t heard of this book, but I’ll have to check it out! Thanks.

  2. Loriana August 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    That quote is so funny and so true! I think I’m broadening my own vocabulary by constantly trying to find synonyms for those words! Gotta love middle school kids!

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