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Preventing Underage Drinking

Preventing Underage Drinking

Resources to increase awareness of and combat underage drinking.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month—a time to focus on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems. Although underage drinking is on the decline, it still presents a significant...
Author: Frances M. Harding
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Working Up a (Brain) Sweat

Working Up a (Brain) Sweat

Physical activity improves students' cognitive performance.

If a pill could improve your child's self-esteem, memory, attention span, standardized test scores, and ability to problem solve, would you rush to the store and buy it? If it did not need a prescription, was free,...
Welcoming Highly Mobile Students

Welcoming Highly Mobile Students

Making students who move from school to school feel welcome.

A Florida newspaper reporter asked me what life is like for the student who moves three or more times a year. So I gave him this scenario, and the conversation developed from there: A Typical Scenario You are a...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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Getting to the Heart & Sole of Young Adolescent Girls

Getting to the Heart & Sole of Young Adolescent Girls

Young adolescent girls gain the skills and tools they need to reach their potential.

Neuropsychologist Dan Siegel, in his book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, describes adolescence as a time of increased elasticity in the brain. The emotive part of the adolescent brain is...

The Face of Grieving: How Students Handle Death in a Digital World

I knew I would be early. It was approximately two hours prior to the start of the Soaring Ahead ceremony, our eighth-grade graduation, and I was anxious to set up the video slideshow I had created for this grand...
Author: John Priest
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Finding a Common Language Through Relationships

Finding a Common Language Through Relationships

Establishing supportive relationships helps students truly thrive.

How effectively are we communicating with our middle school students? As a middle school counselor, I often step back and think: Am I speaking to fill the space? Is what I am saying applicable. Most important, do I...
Author: Andrea M. Salvo
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Five Must-Have Components of Active Learning Environments

Five Must-Have Components of Active Learning Environments

As educators, we are constantly battling the pressures to bolster test scores, give more time and resources, and stay up to speed with new technologies and teaching methods, all while providing a comprehensive...
Author: Pam Powers
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Holidays Are Stressful for Middle Schoolers, Too

According to the National Association of Health Education Centers, the chief stressor for students ages 9-13 is school. No middle grades educator is surprised by this, given the factors involved in a student's school...
Author: Judith Baenen
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Seeking Guidance? Ask Your School Counselor

Seeking Guidance? Ask Your School Counselor

Working together, teachers and school counselors can address barriers to learning.

“If you spend 10 minutes with a room full of students between the ages of 11 and 15, they will reveal the hundreds of different people they can be in a matter of moments.” Thus, in their book Fires in the...
Author: Joshua D. Desantis & Danielle G. Desantis
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Transition and Change

It is difficult for me to look at an autumn leaf and not think about Greek mythology. There is an undeniable connection between the rich reds, auburns, ambers, and crimsons of fall and the ancient gods and goddesses....
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