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Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals offer a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and enhanced academics

Musicals can serve as rich sources for student learning, especially when staged at your own school. While musicals are considered entertainment, they can serve as strong curriculum resources. Stage, film, and TV...
Author: Keith Mason
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What Could Middle Schools Learn from Summer Camp

What Could Middle Schools Learn from Summer Camp

Here's what students had to say and what educators can do to have camp-inspired lessons

Middle schools and summer camps play different roles in society. Middle schools are a legally required step in a child's development meant to prepare them for college and career, while summer camps are often elective...
Author: Hannah Kast
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Weaving Gratitude into the Fabric of Everyday Learning

Weaving Gratitude into the Fabric of Everyday Learning

Practicing gratitude is one tool that can help students deal with anxiety, depression, and loneliness

iGen, a term used by generational researcher Jean M. Twenge (2017), is used to describe children born between 1995 and 2012. In her book, Twenge analyzed large data sets to understand the struggles and hopes of this...
Author: Elizabeth Yomantas
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Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Help our students with and without intellectual disabilities lead the way to socially inclusive schools

Exclusion, discrimination, bullying—all are in the headlines on a daily basis, but change is ahead. It is time for an inclusion revolution, and our middle level students can help lead the way by becoming part of...
Author: Betty Edwards, Leigha Bannon
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Becoming a Restorative Practices School

Becoming a Restorative Practices School

How one school created a culture focused on improving student behavior

Background For many years educators have used punishment, or fear of punishment, as the primary deterrent to student misconduct. We have tried zero tolerance, excessive use of in-school suspension (ISS) and out of...
Author: Kenneth Cummings
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It's Time to Go "Google"

It's Time to Go "Google"

Creating a school culture that champions innovation, rewards teamwork, and values feedback

As a building principal whose days are filled with countless observations, emails, and student interactions, it's easy to forget that there really is a world outside of my wonderful middle school. Over the last...
Author: Chris Iasiello
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Our SEL Journey

Our SEL Journey

One school's approach to rethinking advisory

From our first days on campus, it was clear that the school had once been committed to an advisory program. There were dusty advisory binders in the corners of classrooms, and many teachers remained passionate about...
Author: Rachel Pregont, Roberto d'Erizans
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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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