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The Last C Words for the Critical Middle Grades

The Last C Words for the Critical Middle Grades

Six Words to Create a Great School for Young Adolescents!

It's time for us to bid farewell to our good friend, the letter C, for the ABCs blog. Before we move to our next letter, let's take a look back at sensational, scintillating C. We've looked at the magical middle...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Conversation: Why Talking with Young Adolescents is Vital!

Conversation: Why Talking with Young Adolescents is Vital!

Walk the Walk about Talking the Talk!

Conversation is something that we often take for granted—like air. It swirls around us. We breathe it in. We listen to it as it bends and curves. Our ears hear it. However, even though it is as critical as the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Professional Learning through Cross-Pollination!

Professional Learning through Cross-Pollination!

5 Ways to Create Buzzworthy PD

Spring is in the air. Trees are beginning to bud. Flowers are starting to blossom. And bees are doing their critical work among us, which makes me think about cross-pollination and how it connects with improving...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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We Have to Prepare Students for the Next Level, Don't We?

Some universities blame the poor academic performance of their young adult students on the poor quality instruction they think students received in high schools. High schools blame the middle schools, middle schools...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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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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