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If You Take a  Mouse to School…

If You Take a Mouse to School…

Implementing Disney principles in middle schools.

From theme parks to movies, the Walt Disney Company is world-renowned for the high caliber of its customer experience. And, while many perceive how well they do what they do to be Disney "magic," it's not magic at...
Author: Mark Mambretti
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Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

In September, my seventh grade students gave me a quick social snapshot of their class. As their new school counselor, I had asked them to submit their thoughts anonymously in a box, and they didn't hold back. Their...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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When Every Educator in a Middle School Shadows a Student for a Day

When Every Educator in a Middle School Shadows a Student for a Day

A transformative experience that will inform your approach to teaching

As educators, we take a mental snapshot of our students. We figure the funny seventh grader who goofs off with boys in the hallway has plenty of friends to sit with at lunch. We assume the cynical loner who tries to...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Providing Leadership and a Structure of Support

Providing Leadership and a Structure of Support

Administrators' advice for districtwide leadership.

When we think of the work that goes into helping schools thrive and be the centers of achievement and support for our students, we often think of the exceptional work of the people with direct, daily contact with...
Author: Derek McCoy, Tina Mashburn
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Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Teacher collaboration and shared decision-making.

In the midst of monumental changes and innovative learning strategies, raising the degree of teacher voice in our schools is needed now more than ever. While many improvement processes and strategies have come on the...
Author: Neil Gupta
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Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Ideas for creating an environment for elementary and middle school teachers to collaborate

One of the highlights of my first year at West Rowan Middle School was helping organize a collaborative opportunity between our sixth grade teachers and the fifth grade teachers at our feeder schools. This was the...
Author: Derek L. McCoy
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Lunchroom Lessons for Leaders

In the midst of a busy morning arrival time, a few middle school students greeted me as I walked through the crowded hallway toward the room in which my meeting was being held. "Sup Dr. W. Are you coming to our...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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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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"Just Joking"— Helping Students Understand When Teasing Hurts

"Just Joking"— Helping Students Understand When Teasing Hurts

No matter what you teach, if you are a middle school teacher you want to set up some norms and guidelines for your classroom. Even better, you want to be on the same page with the other teachers. But this is middle...
Author: Rosalind Wiseman
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Embracing the Journey: Five Leadership Principles

Embracing the Journey: Five Leadership Principles

Bringing effective leadership to a new school in Luxembourg.

When Atert-Lycèe Redange, a middle-secondary school in Luxembourg, opened its doors in 2008 to 360 students, Claude Boever's dream became a reality. Today, the school serves 1,200 students on a pristine campus...
Author: Michael Chirichello
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