Seeking advice as I return to middle school teaching after 20 years away from education

Discussion in 'Middle School / Junior High' started by Strineski, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. Strineski

    Strineski New Member

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    Hello! I taught middle school lang. arts and Spanish for seven years after I graduated from college, and I loved it. Once my first child was born I started substitute teaching, which I did for the next 12 years. For the past six years I've been teaching at-risk college students and I haven't set foot in a middle school during those years. I'd like to return to teaching this fall and I've renewed my license, but I'm terrified. I'm working on my resume and cover letter, and I don't know what the current trends are in middle level education that I should highlight? Are there books, curriculum styles, teaching approaches, methods that are trendy right now? When I left the classroom in 2000, it was all about team-teaching so I had a lot of experience with teaming, interdisciplinary units, etc. Other than that, I don't know what I should be reading up and talking about in interviews as I return to it nearly 20 years later. If anyone has some insights, I would really appreciate it!
     
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  3. Always__Learning

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    I would follow local Districts on social media and look at their sites to see what is trending. I would also consider volunteering if you can in a school during the next few months to get a feel for what is a focus in your region.
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    Always_Learning's advice is good, and I'd extend it to seeing what the state department of education website might offer about how adolescents learn. Reviewing the current state content standards in ELA and world language would be wise as well.

    In your cover letters and interviews I'd also recommend highlighting a very real strength of yours, which is your insight into what students need to be able to do to succeed in college.
     
  5. Baroness

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    I'd ask the principal of the school you are interested in teaching if you could sit in on and observe a class or two. That ought to help you a bit.
     

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