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Ten Mindfulness Strategies for Educators

Ten Mindfulness Strategies for Educators

Helping you achieve work-life balance

Last September, Eva waited impatiently at the copier, her blood pressure rising as she realized she would be late for class yet again. She could barely make eye contact with her colleagues, her aggravation impeding...
Author: Rebecca Best, Phyllis L. Fagell
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Topics: Teaching
MythBusters: Teacher Leader Edition

MythBusters: Teacher Leader Edition

Advocating for this important role in education

Myths come in all shapes and sizes, from UFOs in Roswell and Elvis in Vegas, to whether a tomato belongs in the fruit or vegetable section of a market. Yet, most unexplained phenomena are straightforward; you either...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Integrating Global Education in the Middle School Math Classroom

Integrating Global Education in the Middle School Math Classroom

Inspire student interest and positive attitudes toward math

Four hundred years ago Galileo Galilei observed that "Mathematics is the language with which God has written the Universe." The "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics," in the words of famous physicist Eugene...
Author: Alessandra King
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Topics: Teaching
Due Dates: Worth the Convenience?

Due Dates: Worth the Convenience?

Why we should give full credit for assignments not turned in on time

Every day 200 students file into my language arts classroom. When I give a writing assignment, spending just five minutes commenting on each paper is a 1000 minute –or 16 hour—investment. That is for just...
Author: Rebecca Brock
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Topics: Teaching
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The Boy in the Middle

The Boy in the Middle

The social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs of middle schoolers

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) emphasizes that attending to the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs and assets of middle school children is central to their intellectual development....
Author: Daniel M. Levin, Molly Mee
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Memorization Still Matters

Memorization Still Matters

Benefits of quick access to working memory and 25 memorization techniques

In a world in which we can always look things up, memorization still matters. Depending on the situation, engagement, meaning, progress, expediency, and safety are increased significantly if participants have the...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
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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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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The Role of Learning Management Systems in Middle Schools

The Role of Learning Management Systems in Middle Schools

How an LMS supports learning, communication, and collaboration

Schools are incessantly faced with implementing new initiatives and programs. Clickers in the classroom! Use cell phones! One-to-one laptops! Online textbooks! Communicate with parents digitally! The list is...
Author: Kelly Backenstoe, Kimberley Krempasky
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When This 7th Grader Lost All His Friends

When This 7th Grader Lost All His Friends

The one bold move that evoked their compassion

Sean sat in the big gray chair in my office, his head between his knees. "I have no friends anymore," he said. I handed him a box of tissues and he wiped his eyes. "No one will talk to me. If I try to sit at someone's...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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