In the Middle – Early January Newsletter!


We’d just like to share with you January’s newsletter that is available for all present and past IMLA members. Please share it with your staff.

There’s some interesting information in this one, and an invitation for you to share out why you love teaching — the link goes directly to our Facebook page so that you can share that story, and so that you can follow the page for future updates, links, and more.

Enjoy, and have a great new year!

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November Newsletter!

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 3.36.06 PMWe totally forgot to post our early monthly newsletter!  Sorry about that.  (Click the image on the right.)  There’s another one coming soon, but that’s for members only.  Make sure your school is registered as IMLA members in order to receive that second newsletter.  And also don’t forget to register for the 2016 conference in Nampa — the Early Bird registration date runs out on December 11th!

Top 10 Things Middle-School Students Wish You Knew

Remember our previous post “10 things middle school students experience every day“?  It’s time for another take on our students from their perspective.

via wikipedia

1. I was not trying to get attention by falling off the chair. I am approximately infinity inches bigger than I was yesterday and I just lost track of how to balance. I felt like an idiot so I made falling into a joke. Crying was the other choice. And I’d rather cut off my arm than cry in school.

2. I did that homework. I am almost positive I did it.Getting it from done to folder to backpack to school to you is like seven extra homeworks. That is too many. It’s also possible I forgot to do the homework. I honestly have no idea where my planner is. Or maybe the homework was completely confusing and if I asked for help people might think I am stupid now when that used to be my best subject.

3. That time I called you Mom was the most humiliating moment of my life. It’s one thing in second grade but middle school? Ugh. How does this stuff still happen to me?

4. When you force us to get up—do stuff, act it out, test our ideas—it wakes us up and makes the lesson so much more fun and easy to remember.

5. Sometimes I just can’t focus. I’m buzzy, jumpy, pumped with electricity. Somebody suddenly looks distractingly attractive, across the room, which is fully that other person’s fault, not mine. Or I don’t get what we’re discussing and the pain of not understanding is so excruciating I just have to take a break from paying attention.

For items 6 – 10 (and a bonus), please check the original source over at We Are Teachers.

And then check the author, Rachel Vail’s, longer version of the list at Huffington Post.

(“Rachel Vail)

New to Middle School?

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 3.58.45 PMThe transition to middle school can be daunting; there are fears lurking at every corner: lockers, new faces, new social situations, teachers can be scary.  But does anyone ever think of the parents?  Parents of middle school students also notice a sudden change in their children, ranging from their behaviors to what they need from their parents.  Being available for that change is also daunting for parents.

Click the image to the right for an introductory article to Cynthia Tobias’ new book: Middle School: The Inside Story — What Kids Tell Us, but Don’t Tell You.  

You might be surprised to find that you’re not alone.

More information on that book can be found here.

Middle School: The Inside Story

middle school inside storyIMLA 2015 Keynote speaker Cynthia Tobias recently released a new book called Middle School: The Inside Story – What Kids Tell Us, but Don’t Tell You.  The book provides practical, hands-on advice for helping your child through this minefield—with information about what he or she is really going through, but isn’t likely to share.

Ms. Tobias is also a featured speaker at NNU on Saturday, September 6 for a simulcast at the Brandt Center.