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History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

Weaving the fun of cosplaying with social studies gives history a life of its own.

Every summer, thousands of comic book fans make the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, for HeroesCon. During this three-day convention, hundreds of fans dress up like Batman, Stormtroopers, Spiderman, Iron Man, taking...
Author: Nefertari Yancie, Jeremiah Clabough
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Topics: Teaching
Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Make introductory lessons opportunities for higher-level critical thinking.

One of my favorite administrative responsibilities is visiting classrooms and observing lessons. I view those visits and the follow-up conversations with teachers as opportunities to share ideas and expand our...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Topics: Teaching
Tag It—"Graffiti" in the Classroom

Tag It—"Graffiti" in the Classroom

Graffiti murals promote comprehension and student voice.

Some see graffiti as vandalism; others see it as a work of art. Urban artists use graffiti to send political messages—as a form of meaning making in the larger society. Indiana University Professor David Hanauer...
Author: Samina Hadi-Tabassum
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Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

One student's enthusiasm can open new doors to teaching and learning.

My son's birthday party this year was at one of those bounce house places with children hopped up on orange soda and birthday cake. In the midst of the chaos, one of the workers approached me—not with the news...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Getting to Know Your Students: Inside Room 801

Getting to Know Your Students: Inside Room 801

With more testing than ever in years past, I realized that I was forgoing the most important part of my job description, which was getting to know my students. One lazy Saturday morning, an idea came to me while...
Author: Brooke Iverson
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One Text—Many Perspectives

One Text—Many Perspectives

Writing and reading "I Am" poetry through different lenses.

"Read this article about The Great Pandemic of 1918–1919 and then answer the questions on the board," the teacher directed as she handed out the printed pages. Where did the pandemic start?...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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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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Making a Middle School Magazine

Making a Middle School Magazine

A student-produced magazine celebrates middle level student voice.

In October 2015, a team of seven editors—all eighth grade boys at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia—met during lunch to compare two digital publishing platforms. They judged entries for the...
Teaching Like a Game Show Host

Teaching Like a Game Show Host

A game show template encourages and engages reluctant learners.

When you think about it, most middle school teachers would make great game show hosts. We get to know our contestants, we tell them the rules of the game, we play the game, and everyone is a winner for having the...
Author: Christopher Elliott
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Topics: Teaching
Engineering Brighter Futures

Engineering Brighter Futures

An after-school program that heightens students' curiosity about STEM and makes learning fun

Every day after school, in the 9 Dots Community Learning Center (named for the 3x3 puzzle that challenges one to think outside the box) in Los Angeles, underserved middle school and elementary students are defining...
Author: Laura Staich
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