Effective instruction for 12-year-olds looks different from effective instruction for 8-year-olds or 17-year-olds, says teaching consultant Rick Wormeli. Combine the developmental needs of typical tweens and the wildly varying needs of individuals within this age group, and "you can see that flourishing as a middle grades educator requires special skills." Wormeli offers five teaching strategies for tween educators, including the all-important "Dare to be unconventional." A MiddleWeb guest article.
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