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~Download E-pub ⚒ In the Middle: New Understandings about Writing, Reading, and Learning ♖ The best way to teach is to learn together with the students One of the rare breed of teachers who do know this is Nancie Atwell The New York Times Reading this book can be revolutionary Atwell leads us to new understandings of teaching and learning in a workshop classroom Voices from the Middle When first published in , this seminal work was widely hailed for its honest examination of how teachers teach, how students learn, and the gap that lies in between In depicting her own classroom struggles, Nancie Atwell shook our orthodox assumptions about skill and drill based curriculums and became a pioneer of responsive teaching Now, in the long awaited second edition, Atwell reflects on the next ten years of her experience, rethinks and clarifies old methods, and demonstrates new, effective approachesThe second edition still urges educators to come out from behind their own big desks to turn classrooms into workshops where students and teachers create curriculums together But it also advocates a activist role for teachers Atwell writes, I m no longer willing to withhold suggestions and directions from my kids when I can help them solve a problem, do something they ve never done before, produce stunning writing, and ultimately become independent of me More thanpercent of the material is new, with six brand new chapters on genres, evaluation, and the teacher as writer There are also lists of several hundred minilessons, and scripts and examples for teaching them new expectations and rules for writing and reading workshops ideas for teaching conventions new systems for record keeping lists of essential books for students and teachers and forms for keeping track of individual spelling, skills, proofreading, homework, writing, and readingThe second edition of In the Middle is written in the same engaging style as its predecessor It reads like a story one that readers will be pleased to learn has no end As Atwell muses, I know my students and I will continue to learn and be changed I am resigned happily to be always beginning for the rest of my life as a teacher I admit it I have a Pinterest board for school and have downloaded a few items from Teachers Pay Teachers They are mostly a mixed bag, however Here s a unit I developed Feel free to use it once you ve paid for it To be fair, many items are free and some call for hard thinking on the part of students What is problematic about even the very best of these ideas is that we rarely get to see the rationale behind them Why am I supposed to start this way and finish that way Sharing ideas like I admit it I have a Pinterest board for school and have downloaded a few items from Teachers Pay Teachers They are mostly a mixed bag, however Here s a unit I developed Feel free to use it once you ve paid for it To be fair, many items are free and some call for hard thinking on the part of students What is problematic about even the very best of these ideas is that we rarely get to see the rationale behind them Why am I supposed to start this way and finish that way Sharing ideas like this is hardly new.They are the equivalent of teacher idea books I used to buy at Beckers.One idea I gleaned long ago from such a book was to offer students choices of projects that appealed to one of Gardner s intelligences kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, etc The elephant above was submitted in response to the sundry items Boo Radley leaves in the knothole of a tree in To Kill a Mockingbird She s a sweet little thing, but looking back on it now, I m puzzled how I thought this would deepen anyone s connection to the themes of the book Not so with the latest edition of Nancie Atwell s In the Middle If you hadn t heard of Atwell before this year and her dozen or so books that she s written, surely you saw something of her when she recently won the inaugural Global Teacher Prize.When she published the first edition of ITM back in 1988, she used the proceeds to build a demonstration school where teachers from across the country can spend a week learning how to teach in a reading and writing workshop Reading her books make me feel like I ve won one of these coveted spots She explains what she teaches, why she does what she does, and tells you what she tells her kids Instead of being handed a script, you feel as if you re eavesdropping in on a conversation.You may think if you d read an earlier edition of the book, that you re already privy to Atwell s thinking You d be wrong It s not that she s changed her philosophy It s that it s evolved in the twenty seven years since the first edition was printed The second edition promised seventy percent new material when published in 1998 This one has an additional eighty percent It still contains gems from the early days When I see her conditions for a writing workshop, I greet them like old friends.But there is much that s built on these principles since then too.When I come across advice like asking students to research your writing and interview you, aproficient writer than they, it strikes me as pure gold Weekly letters in dialogue journals have grown into letter essays composed at book s end an aversion to fiction gives way to microfiction persuasive essays, barely warranting a mention in the first edition, have evolved into advocacy journalism in the third.It s also one of those rare books that will not only improve your teaching but will improve your writing as well For example, I d been struggling to revise a tritina I d written in class one day Here s a link to an explanation and a sample poem by Deborah Neyens if you re not familiar with the form Rereading advice Atwell had given to one of her young writers moved me to reconsider mine I ve also taken to heart her suggestion to write off of the page I m not surprised that this is so Pultizer Prize winner Donald Murray was one of her idols Mine too We ve all heard the observation that some people teach for twenty years while others teach the same year twenty times Atwell s living proof that our experiences in the classroom can profoundly affect our future teaching In fact, it s the surest way to achieve what she inscribed in my copy of In the Middle all those years ago.Reflective practice and refining our craft are essential to achieving this goal I promise noarts and crafts elephants that do little to grow learning if you ll do the same In the meanwhile, this edition of In the Middle is already on its way to being just as dog eared as the first The book had a lot of good information I can use on teaching English, but some parts wereuseful than others My review focuses on the information in the text related to teaching writing, event though there is a significant amount of information related to the reading workshop The least helpful part had to be the chapter on evaluation since Atwell s experience, publications, and charter school allow her to evaluate in any way she sees fit without having to answer to public school adminis The book had a lot of good information I can use on teaching English, but some parts wereuseful than others My review focuses on the information in the text related to teaching writing, event though there is a significant amount of information related to the reading workshop The least helpful part had to be the chapter on evaluation since Atwell s experience, publications, and charter school allow her to evaluate in any way she sees fit without having to answer to public school administration I think the most helpful aspect of the book was the information directly related to running writing workshops, including the mini lesson idea lists, sample scripts, and formative assessment techniques I recently read Donald Murray s Write to Learn and Shoptalk, which were both extremely helpful However, they were primarily about how to write whereas Atwell s is a good mixture of how to become a writer as well as how to use what you know about writing to teach it This book is the by far the best book I ve ever read Nancie Atwell discusess so many strategies teachers can use to be as effective as possible I plan to use many of them this year with my 6th grade langauge arts studentsI know they re going to be so excited about it I am fortunate enough to be starting a writing workshop with middle school students, so I thought it was time for a reread of one of my favorite books I last read this around 1990 This was a refreshing update and a wealth of valuable information. In the Middle presents a fabulous approach to teaching language It is one of those books that can refresh a stressed teacher, can fill her with ideals and ideas, and those books are very important in my world What I found, though, was that Atwell s approach in this book really cannot be applied to my students It can apply to me in that it presents a pedagogy I believe in and illustrates techniques that I would love to practice, but I cannot successfully practice these approaches with the stud In the Middle presents a fabulous approach to teaching language It is one of those books that can refresh a stressed teacher, can fill her with ideals and ideas, and those books are very important in my world What I found, though, was that Atwell s approach in this book really cannot be applied to my students It can apply to me in that it presents a pedagogy I believe in and illustrates techniques that I would love to practice, but I cannot successfully practice these approaches with the students I currently work with To me, it feels like Atwell s teaching style is culturally and or socioeconomically bound It occurs to me that perhaps my troubles with applying her method isabout my boundaries as a teacher than about my students boundaries turning criticism inward is instinctive for me but this time, I think it might not be my fault And as much as I wish I could teach like Atwell does, the truth is that doing so would do my particular students a disservice This situation reminds me of the problem we face with the bureaucracy of education today As Obama and Duncan look for a model school system that can be replicated all over the Country KIPP already being in the running every day teachers discover that lessons, units, and educational approaches, as effective and promising as they might be in one setting, cannot necessarily be recast in a different environment Schools struggle to revise and systematize, racing against test scores, while Obama and Duncan work harder to refine high stakes testing and increase the stakes than they do to help schools be who and what they need to be Schools cannot all be the same thing Being in Nancie Atwell s classroom or, even better, at a school modeled after her work, would be amazing for me, but it would be completely too unstructured for other kids Differences, great, gaping differences need to be allowed if we want to successfully and lovingly serve kids all over the Country But it s hard to reform each school for its students in its neighborhood It s thousands of times harder than finding one model So bureaucracy says there must be a system all schools can adopt and then personalize as needed This idea of progress is not helping kids learn It is not even helping them pass an ugly standardized test that now determines whether they can graduate from high school or not There s just so much wrong with this picture And I shouldn t have gone out drinking before writing this review So many great ideas Can feel a little overwhelming how to get started integrating them I m glad to have such an amazing example of a reading and writing workshop model, but still don t feel quite prepared for how to start. I don t think I will ever truly be done with this book, this referendum, consortium of knowledge experiences from viable collaborations between students and teacher The constant pattern to take away is the exposition of theme and written accompaniment to demonstrate the succinctness of intent and idea gleaned from her tasks and assignments to the ongoing growth of her writers becoming authors All of the excerpts and full length pieces are worth their fair share of the read as they demonstrat I don t think I will ever truly be done with this book, this referendum, consortium of knowledge experiences from viable collaborations between students and teacher The constant pattern to take away is the exposition of theme and written accompaniment to demonstrate the succinctness of intent and idea gleaned from her tasks and assignments to the ongoing growth of her writers becoming authors All of the excerpts and full length pieces are worth their fair share of the read as they demonstrate the how of where students approach writing Their writings give insight into their learnability and points of variance through which teachers can gain footholds of understanding the what and the why to teach next The independent amoeba is the writing as it leads them to new experiences, and, coupled with Atwell s concept of ownership , is the vehicle in which and through which media is ingested, found important and made sense of or not Yet it is only her own experiences with the classroom its truth and boldness can seem to valiantly stand out amidst imposed prompts and ideas of curriculum negotiated through national and state means But this juxtaposition via a jaded contextual reader response is not the intention rather, it is merely an account of successful and reciprocal listening, speaking, reading, and writing, when those happen in collaboration and community, and when the lens of perception aims towards one that is individually realistic and uplifintg towards the acts of reading and writing.The best thing about this book is that it demonstrates all of this with about as minimal a fuss as possible over the superfluous jargon and terminology surrounding educational research Nancy Atwell, her students and her classroom are the ultimate grader through which such ideas can truly be seen for what they are and applied, messed up, reversed, torn inside out, made into a patch, or thrown into the recycling bin Nancie Atwell s prose puts me in a state of pure bliss that can only be equated to the magical migration one experiences while playing The Oregon Trail on a green screen Apple II. There are close to 75 books on my college bookshelf I bought almost all of them This is one that I wish I had bought because I think it would be faruseful to me now than all those paperback novels and plays I had to read this as part of my student teaching program Although some of the ideas were excellent, I didn t see it as being practical then Now, even though I think that Atwell s school is idealistic and doesn t even mention many of the daily problems I face, I subscribe to her There are close to 75 books on my college bookshelf I bought almost all of them This is one that I wish I had bought because I think it would be faruseful to me now than all those paperback novels and plays I had to read this as part of my student teaching program Although some of the ideas were excellent, I didn t see it as being practical then Now, even though I think that Atwell s school is idealistic and doesn t even mention many of the daily problems I face, I subscribe to her overall approach Over the last four years, I gradually followed a similar path to what she outlines in her first chapter I moved from total control, tochoice, to muchchoice with me as guide responsible for sharing as much as I can about writing This is my first year doing this approach, so I m not all the way there, but revisiting this text has really been an eye opener What I thought was so impossible before is now reassuring for what I am trying to accomplish I wish I had time to rereadof this book, but I only could manage the first chapter so that I could use it for my lit review for my teacher research paper