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Leveling Up in a Gamified Classroom

Our students, like all students, don't always do what they are supposed to do. Sometimes they talk when they should be listening. Sometimes they don't read directions. Sometimes they have trouble working together in a...
Author: Ashley Fulks, Becca Lord
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Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Why tracking based on ability means everyone loses.

Let's say we have two soccer teams. One is populated by all of the strongest, fastest, toughest, athletic students. These kids attend practice every day after school and work out on their own in the evenings and on...
Author: Krista Venza, Nancy Doda, Robert Salladino, Jonathan Treese
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A Global Awareness Collaboration Across Disciplines

Teaching students broader concepts using an interdisciplinary approach promotes more authentic experiences and broader learning. Laura Duerr, author of the Spring 2008 Educational Horizons article, "Interdisciplinary...
Author: Pooja Patel, Kevin Toledo
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Beyond Once Upon a Time: Using Stories to Teach Key Concepts

Beyond Once Upon a Time: Using Stories to Teach Key Concepts

Storytelling brings facts to life and triggers memory and emotion.

Close your eyes and remember a story you were told as a child. How old were you? Can you remember the story now? Do you remember how you felt? Did you laugh? Did you cry? Did it make you angry? Stories stick. They...
Author: Cherry Watts
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Topics: Teaching
When I Call Your Name … Encouraging Students to Do Their Homework

When I Call Your Name … Encouraging Students to Do Their Homework

The element of surprise can go a long way in the classroom.

"We had homework?" I cringed every time I heard that question as students entered my classroom that first year. Even today, I view homework as a somewhat controversial topic: Is it beneficial? Do students...
Author: Emily Deforest
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Topics: Teaching
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Getting Students Excited About College

Getting Students Excited About College

Middle school is not too early to encourage students to dream big.

College is a place where students’ minds grow and flourish and where they see the wide range of possibilities before them. However, some students never have the opportunity or the interest in pursuing all that...
Author: Brian Cook, Jolene South
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Topics: Teaching
Anxiety in the Classroom—Another Learning Disability?

Anxiety in the Classroom—Another Learning Disability?

Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health crisis facing Americans. Eight percent of teens are diagnosed, though countless more suffer symptoms. Few seek help. Teachers are on the front lines wondering how to help...
Author: Paula Prentis, LMSW
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Topics: Teaching
What Have Rubrics Got To Do With It?

What Have Rubrics Got To Do With It?

It's time to put your traditional rubrics aside and change the way students learn.

In today's assessment-focused education system, we must change the ways we assess students. Our focus should be on changing our classrooms into environments that are focused on learning with support from teacher...
Author: April Zawlocki
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Transporting Historical Figures from Past to Present

Transporting Historical Figures from Past to Present

Perspective-writing activities bring "a bunch of dead guys" to life.

To young adolescents, historical figures are a bunch of dead guys. Many students believe the issues, values, and perspectives of the people from the past hold no relevance to their lives in the 21st century. However,...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Nefertari Yancie
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Topics: Teaching
PG-13 and Then Some!

PG-13 and Then Some!

How are middle grades educators supposed to act outside school?

As a middle level educator (since prehistoric times), I am sometimes immune to the many behaviors, antics, and attitudes of early adolescents—those behaviors often interpreted by others as inappropriate,...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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