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For decades, the battle between true middle level education and financial shortcuts has raged. Isn't it time that what's best for kids wins this battle?

The conflict between doing more with less and doing what is right and just for young adolescents is a difficult one for middle level educators to confront. For example, when district leaders determine that program...
Author: Tom Burton
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Respectfully Declining Student Invitations

Question: "I let my students know that I am interested in what they do outside my classroom. Consequently, they often invite me to their non-school-related activities like community-league ball games or community...
Author: Tom Burton
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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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If Not You, Then Who?

As I become energized for the new school year, I find myself evaluating middle level practices in our district and across our state. And, although I have read AMLE’s groundbreaking publication This We Believe...
Author: Tom Burton
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Lessons from the A-Team

Lessons from the A-Team

Not long ago, I was fortunate to spend some time with a group of very dedicated middle grades educators at the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) Summer Educators Institute. As the week progressed, we...
Author: Tom Burton
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The Perfect Patch

The Perfect Patch

When I graduated from Slippery Rock University 25 years ago, I was eager to meet the challenges and enjoy the rewards I knew would come my way as an educator. I've not been disappointed. Over those two decades, I...
Author: Tom Burton
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