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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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Can Fantasy Football Boost Teacher Morale?

Can Fantasy Football Boost Teacher Morale?

At a middle school in Texas, a fantasy football league was a win for the entire school.

Finding simple ways to boost teacher morale on a limited budget isn't easy. Surprisingly, fantasy football or another similar competitive multi-person activity might be the answer. The Fantasy Sports Trade...
Author: Scott Ryan, Kaye Shelton
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Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Students often stop to speak to their school's resource officer (SRO) as she walks the halls of Pine Ridge Middle School in Naples, Florida. Seventh graders routinely ask Corporal Sandra Sprenger of the Collier County...
Author: Greg Richards
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Valuing the Conversations

Valuing the Conversations

A principal's informal conversations helped guide a school's priorities

I began my tenure as principal at West Rowan Middle School in the Rowan-Salisbury School District in July 2015. As a newly hired principal, I maintain a keen focus on the school goals in our school improvement plan...
Author: Derek L. McCoy
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Working Up a (Brain) Sweat

Working Up a (Brain) Sweat

Physical activity improves students' cognitive performance.

If a pill could improve your child's self-esteem, memory, attention span, standardized test scores, and ability to problem solve, would you rush to the store and buy it? If it did not need a prescription, was free,...
It Takes a Village: Rethinking How We Engage Families

It Takes a Village: Rethinking How We Engage Families

A fall festival reaches out to involve parents and the community.

Middle school is a period of transition and a critical phase of growth and development; therefore, a welcoming, positive learning environment in which students enjoy school and make positive connections with others is...
Author: Selena Blankenship, Meagan Nix, Gayle Andrews, Kathy Thompson
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