MUSINGS FROM THE MIDDLE
Author: GENIE LINDBERG
Musings from the Middle is a teacher’s memoir about the middle school years of fears, tears, peers, and cheers. It shows a diversity of life experiences, viewpoints, and backgrounds and reveals eye-opening anecdotes and escapades of middle school teens. It is timely because it is insightful about the issues today’s teens face. Whether walking on eggshells or walking on sunshine, today’s teens put us in their shoes and help us see the world from their perspective. In Musings from the Middle, we feel their angst and their ecstasy as we peer into some poignant moments of their lives. People outside education will learn what really goes on in our middle schools. Today’s teens carry a much heavier load than teens from years gone by. We are turning our adolescents away from learning by bombarding them with rote learning and testing that stresses them to the limit. Bullying is on the rise because teens feel the need to lash out. Middle schoolers proudly celebrate their uniqueness and grasp the importance of humanity as a whole. They understand the world is in their hands and how to work to make it a better place through learning and responsibility. Musings from the Middle shows the path young teens walk in becoming whole human beings before heading up to high school.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
GENIE LINDBERG’S journalism background and middle school teaching experience have come together in a perfect blend for her first book, Musings from the Middle. After leaving the University of Pittsburgh to live in England with her husband for three years, she settled into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was graduated from its School of Journalism. While working as an education reporter in Florida, she was offered a middle school teaching position that became her life-long profession.