chapter  16
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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-