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Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Support, passion, and positive relationships are ingredients of an effective middle level school.

Henry Ford said, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” I often share this quote with students who tell me they are not good at this or that subject or...
Author: Ann Edwards
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Middle Grades Educators: Carpe Diem!

Middle Grades Educators: Carpe Diem!

Middle grades educators must continue their work in the face of continuing challenges.

Take a minute and read the following paragraph. It contains a challenge that I believe we should all take to heart. The middle school is accepted in theory, and its possibilities have proved so alluring that the...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Do We Still Believe?

Some things we as educators choose to forget: situations and events such as troublesome students, disastrous meetings with parents, or ugly disputes over which grade level gets to read (or has to read) Beowulf. Other...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer
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Why Johnny Can't Sing, Dance, Saw, or Bake

For decades we’ve heard why Johnny can’t read, write, or do simple math. Whenever there is a crisis in American education, we tend to rally the troops to make drastic changes so Johnny can finally learn...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer
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The Battle over Student Engagement

I can’t claim to be a major history buff, nor can I recite all of the major battles of the European Campaign in World War II. But I have learned one important lesson from war movies such as Saving Private Ryan...
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Impressions

The Nature of the Middle Level

When I walk, I frequently forget to look down. My eyes scan trees and the sky for signs that nature is still talking to me through its elaborate language. This tendency to look up can be a hazardous habit for a number...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Courageous Gardening

The Nature of Middle Level

Kudzu is a vine that was imported to the United States from Asia many years ago, and it remains a steady feature of the southern landscape today. It was brought to our shores because people were drawn to its broad,...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Countering Mother Nature

Multi-talented artist Mark Ballard writes a column for the Macon, Georgia Telegraph. His writings are always meaningful, but one column last year really hit home with me, for it presented beautifully a truth that is...
Author: John Lounsbury
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Summer Legislative Activity

With another school year underway, teachers and students are getting back into the swing of things and sharing stories about how they spent their summer vacations. While school was out, the U.S. Congress ramped up its...
Author: Bob Wise
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The Status of Programs and Practices in America's Middle Schools: Results from Two National Studies

The Status of Programs and Practices in America's Middle Schools: Results from Two National Studies

Data from past and present middle level programs and practices supports middle school concept as key factor in highly successful middle schools The early 1900s marked the beginning of American education moving from a...
Author: C. Kenneth McEwin and Melanie Greene
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