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I'm a college professor and I teach graduate courses in the education department. It's amazing how things turn out - I originally was prepared as an elementary teacher, but accepted my first offer at a middle school. I taught grades 6-8 (language arts and social studies) for five years. During that time, I fell in love with working with middle schoolers! I love how adolescents are constantly trying to figure out how they fit in and how others view them. After five years, I decided to take a leave of absence and start a doctoral program at Boston College. My research focused on specific middle level teacher preparation programs. I was hired at Saint Joseph College to build up their middle level program at the graduate level, but what's happened along the way is just part of the whole journey, I guess. I've also been teaching an elementary science and social studies course and have been reminded how much integrated curriculum benefits students. In the middle school it's easy to get swept away with your content and forget the big picture. Teaching this elementary course has been a revelation for me and makes me wish I had had the opportunity to teach in an elementary school, BUT I think I'd really miss the culture of being with middle schoolers - especially after loading that middle school gossip YouTube clip!

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At 6:42pm on February 1, 2009, Liz said…
Hi Marialice,

How are you? I love this site. It's great to communicate ideas; I have to explore more. Will keep in touch, Liz Haynes
At 12:36pm on February 1, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Marialice. I was wondering if you have students or educator contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 8:17pm on January 23, 2009, Jeffrey Palmer said…
Yes..I am on campus. I'll be taking a class on Mondays from 4- 6:30. Hope to see you and your new class! I have emailed others from my class...but haven't heard anything yet. My children are doing excellent . The ESOL student group especially. Two students have moved up 14 reading levels since October and have memorized almost 180 new sight words! It's amazing! All were reading below grade level and now they are on grade level! This is why I love teaching!
I am very worried about the economy and job perspectives...however..I will keep positive. Give my love to anyone you contact from our last class. GIve a squeeze to you Lil One!
At 5:42pm on January 21, 2009, Stacey said…
HI! It's great to hear from you. I hope things are going well. I do work at the same school with Melissa now. She told me they're cutting the middle school program. Too bad...I had fun with it....but that was mainly your doing! Do you have any plans to teach a different class? I hope our paths cross soon too! How's the family doing???? Talk to you soon.
At 5:15pm on January 21, 2009, Ashley said…
Hey Stranger! So you got me! I'm sure I have some great stories to share with you seeing as I haven't talked to you in 3 million years!!!!!

And, you better be sharing that book list! :)
At 1:42pm on January 18, 2009, Katie Serafini said…
Thanks! I'm excited to see the list!
At 10:07am on January 18, 2009, Katie Serafini said…
Thanks for adding me!! I've been reading like crazy the past few weeks- I just read the Kite Runner... so powerful!!! It made me want to read the Book Thief again! Any great reads lately? :) I miss you already!!
At 6:44pm on January 17, 2009, Kerry Stone said…
This should be an interesting addition to our semester! I'm just looking and trying to figure out some of the things you can do with this, its pretty cool! Technology....oh boy. It will be fun!


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