Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

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"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" This is my thought at the beginning of each new school year. The excitement can be a new group of students, a new team, or the challenges that your particular position holds. The theme of National Middle School Association's Annual Conference and Exhibit, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 5-7, 2009, "Making a World of Difference" is a sentiment that I take to heart at the beginning of each new school year.

Students remember the teachers that made a difference in their lives. I witnessed a man who was partially blind and needed assistance entering a funeral home to pay respects to an educator and coach. In spite of the physical difficulties this man was experiencing, he made it known that he wished to pay homage-30 years later-to this person who made a difference in his life.

Our positions as middle grades educators give us ample opportunities to make a difference to people every day. We can make a world of difference by starting with one student or one colleague at a time. The joy you can experience by helping someone, coaching someone, encouraging someone, can also become contagious. …

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