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The Problem with, "Show Me  the Research" Thinking

The Problem with, "Show Me the Research" Thinking

Understanding the limitations of education research and accepting responsibility for contributing to moving it forward

Most studies in education are observational studies. This means that investigators pore over data previously collected by others. They seek correlations between different variables. This approach is far less expensive...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Redefining the End Goal

Redefining the End Goal

Seven ways educators can help students look beyond grades

"There's no way I'm taking honors biology next year," Katie told me. "It's going to wreck my GPA." She was in eighth grade and contemplating the high school course options. I knew Katie collected insects for fun...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Is There Enough of You in Your Teaching?

Is There Enough of You in Your Teaching?

Defining your classroom and inspiring students by honoring your own voice and interests

As I look around the classroom, I'm reminded of all the things I like about teaching. Photographs feature our ongoing service project, and displays highlight our unit on globalism. I've also created a modest space...
Author: Carolyn Bunting
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Magic in the Classroom

Magic in the Classroom

The power of reflections and experiences for a professor returning to the classroom

At last year's AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, I was surrounded by passionate, knowledgeable preservice and inservice teachers, veteran and new administrators, and early career and retired...
Author: Nancy Ruppert
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The Choice to Teach Abroad

The Choice to Teach Abroad

Teaching overseas offers opportunity, adventure, and professional and personal growth

In the summer prior to entering middle school, I dove deep into the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. On page 11, as commander of a spaceship, I chose to put up the energy propulsion shields to try to escape a...
Author: Alex Dailey
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The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?

The faculty lounge crackles with disagreements about the new grading policies suggested by the standards-based grading committee. The English department debates whether or not grammar proficiency is a requisite for...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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10 Life Lessons from a Principal Who Led a Middle School for Four Decades

10 Life Lessons from a Principal Who Led a Middle School for Four Decades

Michael Gordon ran a middle school for 40 years. That's right, four DECADES. As principal, he got tough kids to soften and overprotective parents to loosen their grip. Under his watch, troublemakers fell into line and...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Dealing with Stress

Dealing with Stress

Insights from and for principals

Exemplary middle schools focus on health and wellness. While this focus may be primarily on our students' wellness, we also need to focus on the wellness of our faculty and administrators. It is a fact that, as...
Author: Nancy Ruppert
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Culture & Community

As I dig my fork into the characteristics in the category of Culture and Community in This We Believe, I am drawn to the one that states "Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Educators' mindsets make it possible to move a philosophy forward

What is middle school philosophy and how does it compare with or differ from a middle school mindset? A philosophy can be summarized as a system of principles used to guide one's practices; whereas a mindset can be...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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