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NPR: This American Life - Middle School

posted Nov 6, 2011, 9:04 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 6, 2011, 9:20 AM ]
From the site:
"In an effort to understand the physical and emotional changes middle school kids experience, Ira speaks with reporter Linda Perlstein, who wrote a book called Not Much Just Chillin' about a year she spent following five middle schoolers. Then we hear from producer Alex Blumberg, who was a middle school teacher in Chicago for four years before getting into radio. Alex's takeaway? We shouldn't even try teaching kids at this age. Marion Strok, principal of a successful Chicago school, disagrees. (6 1/2 minutes)"

I've read Perlstein's book and highly recommend it.

Thanks Doreen for sharing the link to this NPR podcast that includes interviews with students and teachers about the crazy time we call middle school.