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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Communication

Recently, I spotted this utility marker in the middle of the sidewalk in my neighborhood. The word “COMMUNICATION” was pressed in the center ages ago, and the marker itself has remained fixed in that spot...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Mentoring Needs Nurturing

On a walk in my neighborhood, I passed by a relatively uneventful river birch standing near the sidewalk in the sunshine. I almost looked the other way when I spotted an interesting relationship happening in the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Improving Collaboration

Improving Collaboration

Strong family-school collaboration can help all students succeed.

Decades of research confirms that positive parental involvement is critical for students’ success in school, and federal policy mandates effective programs at all school levels; however, parent involvement often...
Author: Darcy J. Hutchins
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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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Letting Go: How Principals Can Be Better Instructional Leaders

Early one Monday morning in the fall of 2008, I found myself in the office of a middle school principal—a location less frequented now, but still familiar. In the 13 years before I began teaching educational...
Author: Jan Walker
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A School-Wide Read: Creating a Space to Grow

A School-Wide Read: Creating a Space to Grow

Woodrow Middle School* recently underwent a renovation project to its 75-year-old building—a renovation that closed the library for a year and reduced the library's collection to bare essentials. Spurred by the...
Author: Jennifer Wilson and Pamela Jewett
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Honor Roll? Really?

I look at the 16 students in my classroom. On any other day, 35 students would be looking back at me, but today the other 19 are eating cake and being honored at the morning's honor roll assembly. What am I supposed...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Leadership
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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Toot Your Horn: It's a Matter of Survival

Toot Your Horn: It's a Matter of Survival

Good community relations and high quality learning are hallmarks of school success. But with the increased competition from charter schools and private schools, public schools can no longer rely on their...
Author: John C. Murtha
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Build a Productive Parent-Teacher Team

The last United States Census reported that young adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in the care of someone other than their parents. Couple this with adolescents' growing need for independence, and...
Author: Joe Bruzzese
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