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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

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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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The Intellectual Life of Teachers

If we’re not careful, we may lose our intellectual selves. We can grow numb with repeated exposure to ideology and structures built to maintain the school’s status quo. With each passing year, our...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
Excellence vs. Mediocrity: What’s Your Choice?

Excellence vs. Mediocrity: What’s Your Choice?

“If I demand excellence from my students, I must first demand excellence from myself.” I often meditate on these words. As classroom educators we always want our students to excel at what they put their...
Author: Kelsey Eursery
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For the Love of a Story

For the Love of a Story

Everyone loves a good story. Stories excite and energize. They comfort and bond. They spread optimism and goodwill, and they take the listener unexpected places, teaching important and often surprising lessons....
Author: Carolyn Bunting
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