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209. Unlocking the Magic of Middle School: Embracing Authenticity in Education with Chris Balme

In this episode of Learning Unboxed, we journey into the transformative world of middle school education with Chris Balme, a seasoned educator, founder of multiple schools, and author of "Finding the Magic in Middle School". Middle school is a time of rapid change, and Chris shares his insights on the importance of recognizing and valuing the complexities of these young learners.

Together, we discuss the significance of giving middle school students a voice, the lasting impact of their experiences, and the "anchoring effect" that often hinders educators from truly understanding their students. Chris emphasizes authenticity, encouraging educators to be genuine and quirky, fostering a nurturing environment where students feel comfortable expressing themselves.

Join us as we delve into the magic of middle school, exploring ways to create a more empathetic, understanding, and effective learning environment for these rapidly evolving students.

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We unbox:

  • The transformative nature of middle school years and the challenges faced by students

  • The "anchoring effect" and its impact on educators' perceptions of their students

  • The importance of autonomy and giving middle school students a voice in their education

  • Chris Balme's advisory work in schools and the significance of creating a safe space for educators

  • The value of authenticity in teaching and the role of educators in fostering a nurturing environment


Produced by NOVA Media


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