In the Middle
Friday Focus! November 26 Every day, twenty million diverse, rapidly changing 10-to 15-year
olds enrolled in our nation’s middle level schools are making critical
and complex life choices. They are forming the attitudes, values, and
habits of mind that will largely direct their behavior as adults. They
deserve schools that support them fully during this key phase of life.
(National Middle School Association, 1995) Although nine of my teaching years in public education have occurred at the middle school level, my most recent experience prior to arriving at Otwell Middle School was at the high school and elemen-