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Student Leadership is Fundamental to Positive School Climate

Student Leadership is Fundamental to Positive School Climate

Engaging students in shaping school climate improvement pays off

There is growing research demonstrating that students perform better academically, socially, and emotionally when they are meaningfully engaged, contributing members of a school with a positive, caring, equitable...
Author: Betty Edwards
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The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?

The faculty lounge crackles with disagreements about the new grading policies suggested by the standards-based grading committee. The English department debates whether or not grammar proficiency is a requisite for...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Triage, Not Emergency

Triage, Not Emergency

Watching for even the small details can create a responsive culture that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of students

I bet you didn't know that you signed up to be a triage nurse now did you? Meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of middle school students is a lot like working the triage desk in a busy hospital. The...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Fostering Social Inclusion and Respect in Our Schools

Fostering Social Inclusion and Respect in Our Schools

National Spread the Word to End the Word Day is March 7, 2018

For middle school students, each day is stacked with challenges—from dealing with physical and emotional development to navigating friendships and social situations, all while transitioning from elementary...
Author: Amy P. Johnson, Betty Edwards
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Tags: Inclusion
Help Your Students Combat Cruelty by Making Kindness Go Viral

Help Your Students Combat Cruelty by Making Kindness Go Viral

Four ideas to encourage middle schoolers to choose kindness

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on intentionally fostering kindness and practicing peer respect. We don't want youth to simply not do the wrong thing, but do what is right instead—treat their...
Author: Sameer Hinduja
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Tags: Guidance
Climate and Culture Steer the LeaderShip

Climate and Culture Steer the LeaderShip

A positive school environment paves the way for leadership and learning

In the book, The Art of Happiness at Work, (Dalai Lama, Cutler, 2009) the obvious conclusion to happy versus unhappy is clearly stated: "Happy people, in contrast, are generally found to be more sociable, flexible,...
Author: Frank Rudnesky, Timothy Carroll
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Culture & Community

As I dig my fork into the characteristics in the category of Culture and Community in This We Believe, I am drawn to the one that states "Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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To Infinity and Beyond

To Infinity and Beyond

Are we asking our students to take risks that we as adults aren't willing to take?

Structure is utilized in the middle school experience to build a safe learning environment for our students. Students are placed on teams where they take classes with the same peer group, increasing their comfort...
Author: Christy Todd
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Going "Old School" to End School

Going "Old School" to End School

One middle school gives students a personal send-off

On the last day of school for the past six years, after hiking a small mountain near our school in Vermont, we gather in the shade of venerable maples for a final ceremony with the eighth grade class. After each...
Author: Ryan Becker, Beth Hayslett
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Moving into Action: Middle Level Learners as Change Agents

Robust learning happens when students have choice and voice in curriculum.

"Students in the middle grades … have the ability to perceive deep truths and are making decisions that will affect the way they live the rest of their lives. This transitional time between childhood and...
Author: Maggie McHugh, Penny Reedy, Ann Yehle
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