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ERIC Number: ED497218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Middle Aged in Middle School
Medford, Lienne; Knorr, Ron
National Middle School Association (NJ3), Middle Ground v8 n4 p30-32 Apr 2005
While it may seem unusual that a person firmly established in a career would choose to take on the challenges of teaching adolescents, when we look at the definitions of middle age and the reasons some people make a career change, we realize that middle school can be a great place for middle-aged mid-career changers. They are returning to the "wonder years" to get a fresh start in a new, exciting profession. This article presents reasons why some mid-career changers choose teaching and the various paths from which older pre-service teachers arrive in the classroom (e.g., alternative teaching programs). Ways that experienced teachers can mentor pre-service career switchers are explored. Advice is also given to career changers from the Clemson University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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