Student Engagement

The Ups and Downs

The Ups and Downs

When my husband and I were dating, and we had all the time in the world, back when we strolled through bookstores, we stumbled upon a book called The Book of Questions. We bought it, placed it in the glovebox of my...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Milestones
Embracing Dialects in Middle School English Class

Embracing Dialects in Middle School English Class

A variety of voices in literature helps students recognize themselves in text and connect with others

I will start with an understatement: Now seems as apt a time as any to begin conversations about multiculturalism and marginalized populations in the classroom. A stance of cultural respect opens opportunities for...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Topics: Teaching
Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Changing student motivation from being disruptive to being successful

Working with students who typically haven't been very successful in the classroom can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a few simple approaches to take that will help you motivate those reluctant learners from day...
Author: Darren Barkett
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Art: The Magic Molecule

Art: The Magic Molecule

Tapping into the arts helps students—and teachers—make an emotional investment in reading

Plagiarism is both easier to commit due to the tremendous amount of content "out there," but also ridiculously easy to catch with a simple Google search. As an English teacher, I've found that if my assignment can be...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Teaching
It's More Than Books

It's More Than Books

Making connections with sports in the middle school classroom

When I taught middle school language arts, one of my students, Matthew, would complain that he was not able to give an explanation about or summarize the poems we were reading in class. However, every Monday he would...
Author: Pamela H. Segal, Montana K. McCormick
Number of views (1194)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Worksheet Busters

Worksheet Busters

Revitalizing teaching and learning with engaging activities

It's Monday morning. You're refreshed after a weekend spent with your family, your favorite fuzzy socks, and an unashamedly impressive amount of streaming content. You're excited about your lesson plans. You've...
Author: Katie Powell
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Topics: Teaching
Student Choice in the Mathematics Classroom

Student Choice in the Mathematics Classroom

Increasing engagement and motivation by giving students input on their learning

As a mathematics teacher I have often struggled to help my students feel inspired and motivated to do mathematics. Some students are unmotivated because traditionally they have not been successful in mathematics. This...
Author: Michelle Burroughs
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Topics: Teaching

Student Agency

Research Summary

A typical middle school classroom includes young adolescents with a range of skills, interests, abilities, and personalities. One student may relate any topic of study to a favorite sport or video game. Another...
Author: Amanda Wall, Dixie Massey, Margaret Vaughn
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Topics: Research
Let's Make a Video

Let's Make a Video

Developing communication and leadership skills through community engagement

During the middle school years young adolescents not only become aware of the changes associated with physical and emotional maturity, but they also adjust to new learning standards and expectations. The goals of...
Author: Paulina Rodgers
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Redefining the End Goal

Redefining the End Goal

Seven ways educators can help students look beyond grades

"There's no way I'm taking honors biology next year," Katie told me. "It's going to wreck my GPA." She was in eighth grade and contemplating the high school course options. I knew Katie collected insects for fun...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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