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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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The Problem with, "Show Me  the Research" Thinking

The Problem with, "Show Me the Research" Thinking

Understanding the limitations of education research and accepting responsibility for contributing to moving it forward

Most studies in education are observational studies. This means that investigators pore over data previously collected by others. They seek correlations between different variables. This approach is far less expensive...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017) Webinar

Are you passionate about middle grades education? Interested in an unprecedented new study designed to fill the gap in national data related to this critical developmental stage of adolescence? Join representatives...
Author: AMLE
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Teaching Historical Literacy in the Middle Grades

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As students enter the middle grades, they often encounter curricula that grow more challenging each year. This is especially the case in social studies when students experience primary documents and complex texts,...
Author: Stephanie M. Bennett, Jennifer Stepp-Sanders
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Transitioning Young Adolescents from Elementary to Middle School

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Middle school can be an exciting and terrifying time for students transitioning from elementary to middle school. By definition, transition means the change from one place, state of being, or condition to another...
Author: Casey Dianna Gilewski, Monica L. Nunn
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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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Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics Conceptually

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Understanding students' academic needs and developing curricula to address them has always been a challenge for middle level educators. Competing perspectives on academic rigor and external demands for accountability...
Author: Holly Henderson Pinter
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Social Media for Middle Level Classrooms

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Seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Delmatoff piloted a social media program in her Portland, Oregon classroom. By the end of the year, 20% of students school-wide were completing additional assignments for no credit,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Ken Carano
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Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades

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Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have touted the importance of improving educator quality as fundamental to enhancing school and student outcomes (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos,...
Author: Dana L. Bickmore
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Motivation: Understanding and Responding to Individual Differences

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A basic educational principle is that no matter how well teachers design their instruction, students who refuse to engage can ensure the teachers' instruction will come to naught. This simple truth leads teachers on a...
Author: Bruce Henderson, David Strahan
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