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Differentiation for Families

How developing a Dream Team can promote student success

Many years ago, after a meeting about a student with the child's grandmother, I realized the short-sightedness of my communication salutation, "Dear Parents." At the time, I switched it to "Dear Families," but lately,...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Middle School Gossip

Middle School Gossip

When two seventh graders lead a staff meeting about social drama

Seventh-grade teacher Laura Merrill looked around the room and asked her colleagues to close their computers. "If our students are brave enough to present to the entire staff," she said, "we can give them our full...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Google Can Do What? Five Activities to Engage Students

Google Apps, now called G Suite, is really catching on in classrooms around the United States and beyond. But the way we think about its tools, such as Docs, Sheets, or Slides, is stuck in first gear. It is easy for...
Author: Matt Miller
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Beyond Cool Garb

T-shirt literacy and social justice education for diverse adolescent learners.

Graphic T-shirts have always had a special place in my life. One of my favorite pieces of clothing in my closet is an old "Schoolhouse Rock!" T-shirt. The shirt features the old PBS television show's classic logo...
Author: Rajni Shankar-Brown
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Tags: Literacy
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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How can I help students view differences as strengths?

Many young adolescents desire to "blend in" by hiding or shedding certain aspects of their identities due to social pressures. How can I help students view differences as strengths? This is part 2 in "Mentor Me"...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Examining the Evidence

Exploring vocabulary terms in social studies with primary sources.

The C3 Framework by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has changed the dynamics of social studies instruction. The emphasis of standards in this document is for teachers to build students' content-area...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Rebecca Bidwell
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Removing Imaginary Boundaries Around Content

Removing Imaginary Boundaries Around Content

Teacher and students benefit from an integrated curriculum.

Even though teachers work in different rooms and on different hallways, our individual subject areas should not be viewed as existing within rigid instructional walls. Middle level educators need to engage in...
Author: Jason D. DeHart, Christie DeHart
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Topics: Teaching
Young Adolescent Voices

Young Adolescent Voices

Students share valuable insights when we take time to listen.

Middle level educators engage in a variety of professional development experiences in order to continue to learn about effective ways to work with young adolescents as they develop their identities, ideas, and...
Author: Ann K. Yehle, Connor Drevs, Kelly Garrity, McKenzie Larson
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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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