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Picture Perfect: 3 Steps to School Improvement

Picture Perfect: 3 Steps to School Improvement

Openness Media Connection

Here is an interdisciplinary, photographic connection to this week's blog about Openness. Enjoy the savory delights! Parking lots, with all of their lines and divisions, attempt to bring order to the world of...
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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Cafeteria Duty, Hugs, and Suspensions

Cafeteria Duty, Hugs, and Suspensions

A day in the life of an interim assistant principal.

Eleven years. That is the number of years I taught seventh grade before even thinking about delving into administration. The thought of moving my home base out of the classroom and into the office had always given me...
Author: Sarah Taylor
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Re- revisited in the Middle Grades

Re- revisited in the Middle Grades

A Prefix that Fixes

We've checked out Red. We've reviewed Relationships. Now we've got "Re-." True, it's a prefix and not, therefore, a complete word in itself ... but work with me because young adolescents need the "Re-". And, in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

Practices to support teachers.

"What's the point, Mrs. Adams?" asked Brian. I will never forget the confused yet honest look on my 8th grade student's face when he asked me this question after I had concluded my riveting lecture about the causes...
Author: Julie Adams
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Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Teacher collaboration and shared decision-making.

In the midst of monumental changes and innovative learning strategies, raising the degree of teacher voice in our schools is needed now more than ever. While many improvement processes and strategies have come on the...
Author: Neil Gupta
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The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

Time to bask in the warm, effervescent glow of another R word as it pertains to middle level education! Here it is: Relationship. It is almost impossible to think about middle level education and not simultaneously...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Minor Threat, Seeing Red and School Improvement

What songs come to mind when you think about early adolescence? What artists helped you navigate those often turbulent waters and also helped you celebrate the wonderful wilds of the middle grades? Who's on that...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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