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Middle School Gossip

When two seventh graders lead a staff meeting about social drama

Seventh-grade teacher Laura Merrill looked around the room and asked her colleagues to close their computers. "If our students are brave enough to present to the entire staff," she said, "we can give them our full...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program

Students develop as leaders and advocates for positive change.

In 2012, I incorporated the Lead2Feed Student Leadership program into my classes because of its focus on leadership and service learning. In 2016, I decided to use Lead2Feed as the curriculum during our enrichment...
Author: Suzie Melton
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Helping Students Become a Better Version of Themselves

Helping Students Become a Better Version of Themselves

As a family and consumer science teacher at the middle school level, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program lessons seem to blend seamlessly into my curriculum. Some of the major units of family and consumer...
Author: Allison Silverman
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Students Helping Students Succeed

Students Helping Students Succeed

A student assistant program opens up opportunities for students and teachers.

"So, you're saying you think the length of the pendulum is the most important variable affecting its frequency. Do you have data you can show me that supports this?" A question like that is common in sixth grade...
Author: Douglas Stith
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Making a Middle School Magazine

Making a Middle School Magazine

A student-produced magazine celebrates middle level student voice.

In October 2015, a team of seven editors—all eighth grade boys at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia—met during lunch to compare two digital publishing platforms. They judged entries for the...
The Power of Youth Leadership

The Power of Youth Leadership

Effective middle schools ensure all students have opportunities to lead.

Every day, millions of 10- to 15-year-old students walk through the doors of their middle schools with anticipation and great hopes for their future. Some will fall into leadership positions, but something so...
Author: Betty Edwards
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Building School Community by Empowering Students

Building School Community by Empowering Students

The disruptive behavior of some students can be a top concern of middle school teachers, administrators, and parents in many schools. While time is spent considering approaches to decreasing behavioral incidents,...
Author: Stanley Pollack
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Student Voice

A secret ingredient in improving student engagement and building a community of learners

Those of us in middle level education know the basics of adolescent psychology. Teens are naturally rebellious. Their state of mind isn’t in a "state" at all; they are out-of-sync, their bodies out of control....
Author: Elyse S. Scott
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Topics: Teaching
Connecting with the Larger World

Connecting with the Larger World

You belong. We do this with you, not in spite of you. You can trust me not to humiliate you and to keep you from humiliating yourself.

These are the messages in action or in word that students want to hear daily from teachers. To promote these themes, we give students positions of responsibility and the know-how to do them: running the daily...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is proud to recognize middle level students every year, in every state, for helping their communities through volunteer service. The Association for Middle Level Education is...
Author: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Number of views (21026)/Comments (1)/
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