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Transitioning to Higher Ed: Reflections of a Middle Grades Professor

Transitioning to Higher Ed: Reflections of a Middle Grades Professor

Comparing middle level and college instruction.

Career changes often come with feelings of apprehension, excitement, and concern. At the same time, they also present an opportunity to reflect, process information, and use the change as a springboard for future and...
Author: James Davis
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Courageous Conversations for Cowards

Courageous Conversations for Cowards

Stop avoiding uncomfortable conversations. Put out an SOS.

This is the information generation. Information about everyone and everything is at our fingertips. New social media sites are created almost daily. Although it seems like we communicate all the time, more often than...
Author: Deborah R. Higdon, Carrie L. Reed
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A Middle Years Love Story

A Middle Years Love Story

Why is it that on the news every day, they start by saying "good evening" and then proceed to tell us exactly why it isn't? Some of the most powerful statements and questions I've ever heard—like the one...
Author: Summer Howarth
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The Courage It Takes

There’s a great story about General Westmoreland that reminds us what can happen if we are brave with each other. The general was reviewing a line of paratroopers and decided to talk to three of them. "Son,"...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Flexibility, Failure, and Forging Ahead

Flexibility, Failure, and Forging Ahead

The beginning of any new year makes me stop and assess where I’ve been, where I am, where I’m going, and why. It also makes me think about how we help create new paths for ourselves as educators and for...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Pre-teaching Warm Ups: Mental Calisthenics

Pre-teaching Warm Ups: Mental Calisthenics

Learning objectives have been developed. Excellent lessons have been planned. Materials have been gathered and organized. Technological devices are checked and operational. It is time to deliver…or so most...
Author: Elyse S. Scott
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Topics: Teaching

Coaching Teacher Dispositions

Research Summary

We know that educators who "value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them" are a key component to middle level students' success (AMLE, 2010, p. 15). Middle level teachers must have the appropriate knowledge,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Jennifer Roberts
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Growth Buddies: Priceless Professional Development

Growth Buddies: Priceless Professional Development

Having a colleague who serves as a sounding board and a support system is a valuable part of professional development.

It all started when… Michele: "It all started because my last hour French students were driving me crazy. Becky was teaching in an eighth grade English classroom kitty-corner from mine, and I wandered in. I...
Author: Rebecca Kordatzky, Michele Lapean-Usher
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I Am Not a Role Model—I'm So Much More

I am not a role model. In today's classroom, I am much, much more than that. I'm only 23 years old, but when I stepped into my first classroom to observe, I suddenly became 32. Why? The answer is really quite simple....
Author: Adam Reeves
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Topics: Teaching
Polishing Our Sea Glass

Polishing Our Sea Glass

Every student in middle school is precious—some simply need some polishing.

When I was a young adolescent, my parents took me and my two sisters, Sally and Betsy, to the shores of Lake Erie. While certainly not a breathtaking ocean with crystal clear waters, Lake Erie was beautiful...
Author: Tom Burton
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