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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Communication

Recently, I spotted this utility marker in the middle of the sidewalk in my neighborhood. The word “COMMUNICATION” was pressed in the center ages ago, and the marker itself has remained fixed in that spot...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Caring for the Whole Student

Caring for the Whole Student

At Moravia Middle School, each aspect of our program is designed to meet not only our students’ unique academic needs, but their social and emotional issues as well. Our goals could only be achieved by...
Author: Bruce MacBain, Jeff Green, and Rebecca Burtram
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Make Food Drives Come Alive!

Clever sculptures created from canned goods greeted folks on the walkway from the Providence, RI Convention Center to the Providence Place Mall. Angry Birds scowled at passersby, while a lobster attempted to escape...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Care in the Middle Level Classroom

Research Summary

A caring classroom environment is a key factor in students' success in school (Kohn, 2005; Noddings, 1995). Young adolescents, in particular, need the support and encouragement of an adult advocate who cares and...
Author: D. Michelle Williams
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Jump-Start Your Student Advocacy Program

Creating a unique climate and culture in which all students feel welcome, safe, and secure is the responsibility of the school community. This is especially important in a middle school where students are trying to...
Author: Jill Dreer, Jennifer Moyer, Nancy Schneider, Meredith Weiss, Susan Lloyd
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Building and Bragging: Celebrating Your Middle School

Developing relationships with parents and community members is critical to building support for your school. But mailing home a newsletter and making an occasional call to a media outlet isn't nearly enough. Educators...
Author: Randy Jensen
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Speaking a Common Language Across the Curriculum

State standardized test scores at Cedarbrook Middle School in the Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) School District had been stagnant for several years and the achievement gap within our school dismayed and disheartened all...
Author: Sarah M. Stout, Peggy Cooper, Heather Blumberg, Linda Roeder, Jamie Osea, and Kevin Burke
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Creating a Culture of Connectedness through Middle School Advisory Programs

In the middle of an ordinary day in an ordinary Los Angeles school, four middle school students shared fascinating insights in response to the question, "Does advisory help you feel connected to school?" Without...
Author: Sarah Brody Shulkind, Jack Foote
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Service-Learning

Research Summary

Service-learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful, community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility (Shumer & Duckenfield, 2004). Learning...
Character Council Promotes Values in School and Community

Character Council Promotes Values in School and Community

Do you want to do more with your advisory period? Maybe you want to bring students and the community closer, or maybe you are looking to change a negative school climate into a positive one. You might want to try R...
Author: Ann Asher, Brandi Owens, and Ryan Wideman
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