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Doing What's Best for Students

What's best for students? I hear this question repeatedly in schools, yet day-to-day responsibilities often seems to get in the way of answering and fulfilling this promise. Best practices tell us that the more...
Author: Liz James
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Topics: Teaching
Skimming and Scanning for Understanding

Skimming and Scanning for Understanding

Teaching students to skim and scan can hone their skills for college and beyond.

Regardless of their achievement level, students sometimes reach the end of a difficult reading passage with no recollection or understanding of what they have read. Even highly proficient readers may find themselves...
Author: Kaitlyn Hartling
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College and Career Readiness for Special Needs Students

College and Career Readiness for Special Needs Students

Middle school teachers can change widespread "no-way" attitudes to "never-the-less" attitudes.

Thinking about career and college readiness for a sixth grader is a little too soon for some teachers and parents. As a parent, I felt hard-pressed to decide the future for my son when he entered the middle grades. He...
Author: Linda K. Schlosser
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Humanities in  a STEM World

Humanities in a STEM World

Even the most technical STEM jobs require verbal and written communication skills.

John Engler, president of The Business Roundtable and former governor of Michigan, recently wrote an article for U.S. News and World Report entitled "STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future." Engler...
Author: Brittany Durkin
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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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Soft Skills: Preparing Kids for Life After School

Soft Skills: Preparing Kids for Life After School

Colleges and employers emphasize the importance of core skills.

Standards writers, curriculum designers, and classroom teachers have spent the past several years clamoring to find ways to revitalize curriculum and instruction and increase rigor in ways that prepare students for...
Author: Jaime Greene
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Getting Students Excited About College

Getting Students Excited About College

Middle school is not too early to encourage students to dream big.

College is a place where students’ minds grow and flourish and where they see the wide range of possibilities before them. However, some students never have the opportunity or the interest in pursuing all that...
Author: Brian Cook, Jolene South
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Topics: Teaching
From STEM to Full STEAM Ahead

From STEM to Full STEAM Ahead

While educating students on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) prepares students for life, it can also prepare them for college and career. It is predicted that in the next 10 years, STEM jobs will grow...
Author: Frank Rudnesky, Ed.D., Peter Davis, Frank Pileiro
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College and Career Ready: What It Means for Middle School Students

College and Career Ready: What It Means for Middle School Students

Helping students develop the skills they know they need to succeed.

College and career ready is the new mantra in education—it's what students must be when they leave our secondary schools. My school district, Dorchester County Public Schools in Maryland, includes the phrase as...
Author: Brian Cook
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Topics: Teaching
The Apprenticeship Approach

The Apprenticeship Approach

Tailor-made for the Middle Grades

The middle grades are notoriously challenging for youth. This is the period when some students can start to disengage. Gallup conducts an annual poll of students that measures, as they categorize it, their hope,...
Author: Jason Cascarino
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Topics: Teaching
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