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Six Final Essential B Words for the Middle Grades

Six Final Essential B Words for the Middle Grades

And Say Hello to the Letter A for Amazing Middle Grades!

We've checked out several B words that relate to the marvelous, magnificent middle grades, but before we bid adieu to this letter, here's a list of other B words that are worth our time and consideration. What's on...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Dropping the Needle on the B-Side for the Middle Grades

Dropping the Needle on the B-Side for the Middle Grades

For the Record. For Every Student We Serve.

When I was in college, I was a radio DJ at WXJM 88.7FM—although only a handful of listeners would know. I worked the timeslots that felt like the air was made of stars and caffeine: 1am-3am and 6am-8am. During...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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What's Your Odyssey?

What's Your Odyssey?

Supporting everyone in the middle grades isn't easy, but it's worth it.

Today's word is odyssey—so here's a quick Cliffs Notes review. In Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus navigates his way home through punishing seas, tempestuous storms, and loathsome...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Oops! Did I Do That?

Oops! Did I Do That?

Celebrating Error is Essential

Oops. The familiar adage that we hear about making mistakes is that “to err is human.” It is part of the process of learning and growing. In order to walk, we first had to stumble and fall. In order to...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Outstanding: What Our Students Deserve!

Outstanding: What Our Students Deserve!

Boo! Mediocrity: Now, that's Scary!

With Halloween happening today, I am thinking about my fears. What scares me? In terms of education, being mediocre frightens me. Accepting mediocrity scares me. Middle schools and young adolescents don't need...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Food for Thought: Creating Educational Experiences

Creating an educational experience for young adolescents is a demanding and rewarding experience. As this column continues to suggest, it is an artful, savory labor founded on a shared understanding in which many...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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ABCs of the Letter O in the Middle Grades: Openness

ABCs of the Letter O in the Middle Grades: Openness

O My!

Welcome back to the middle grades parade through the alphabet. Don't you feel proud that you made it through letter R? You should. And, once again, because young adolescents are rarely linear in nature, we're going...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Letter R: Final Thoughts

The Letter R: Final Thoughts

Get Ready for the Next Letter!

Before I bid adieu to the letter R, I know that I’ve failed with this first list of words. But I’m all right with that. As an educator who believes that knowledge is constructed and created by dialogue...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The R of Resilience & Grrrrit in the Middle Grades

The R of Resilience & Grrrrit in the Middle Grades

From Monologue to Dialogue

So now we're ready to tackle Resilience. This R word has been used so much recently in the middle grades that it's almost become passé—whether you call it by its formal name or by its colloquial...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Things Learned—or Affirmed—as a Middle School Mom

Things Learned—or Affirmed—as a Middle School Mom

Confessions of a former middle school principal.

As a life-long middle school advocate, I have always known and valued my students as their teacher and school leader, but recently I became a middle school mom. As a parent, many of my beliefs about doing what is...
Author: Kate M. Cassada
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