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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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Food for Thought: Four Essential Attributes

As we joyfully create with our pedagogical whisks, ladles, and colanders, we must never lose sight of what we hope our educational meal will be. While the 16 Characteristics of Successful Schools outlined in This We...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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World Language Education: Supporting This We Believe

World Language Education: Supporting This We Believe

World languages are an important component of effective middle level education.

Helping young adolescents become fully functioning, self-actualized persons who are prepared for college, career, and the world, means giving them multiple opportunities to collaborate within and beyond the classroom...
Author: Kelly Moser, Nicole C. Miller
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Wayside Teaching Revisited

Wayside Teaching Revisited

Revisiting the value of informal teaching beyond planned instruction.

Wayside teaching was first introduced in the May 1987 "As I See It" column in the Middle School Journal—30 years ago. Here is a slightly modified version of it, particularly for all those educators who came to...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Food for Thought: The 16 Characteristics of an Effective and Amazing Middle School

Every one and every school has a story made up of ingredients. When I taught Basic English in Harrisonburg, Virginia, I often had food on my mind. It wasn't because I was particularly hungry or because I was creating...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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For decades, the battle between true middle level education and financial shortcuts has raged. Isn't it time that what's best for kids wins this battle?

The conflict between doing more with less and doing what is right and just for young adolescents is a difficult one for middle level educators to confront. For example, when district leaders determine that program...
Author: Tom Burton
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New Federal Study to Focus on the Middle Grades

New Federal Study to Focus on the Middle Grades

Longitudinal study to follow 20,000 students from 900 US schools.

The Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017) is the first nationally representative study to examine the educational experiences and outcomes of students as they progress through the middle grades (for...
Author: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Assuring the Continued Success of the Middle School

Assuring the Continued Success of the Middle School

We hope you enjoy this article, originally published as a chapter in AMLE's (previously NMSA) first book, The Middle School: A Look Ahead, published in 1977 and edited by Paul George. While the article remains...
Author: John Lounsbury
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Achieving the Vision of This We Believe

Achieving the Vision of This We Believe

How middle schools can meet the essential attributes of middle level education

As middle level teacher educators, one of our primary goals is to prepare teacher candidates to understand and value the essential attributes and the 16 characteristics of middle grades education as described by...
Author: Daniel M. Levin, Molly Mee
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A Vision for Experimental Middle Schools Today

A Vision for Experimental Middle Schools Today

The best schools are those that continue to experiment.

The term "middle school" is an unassuming part of the vernacular of our educational system. During the past 50 years, middle schools have come to represent what is now the typical organization of schools for grades...
Author: Robert Messia
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