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Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Educators' mindsets make it possible to move a philosophy forward

What is middle school philosophy and how does it compare with or differ from a middle school mindset? A philosophy can be summarized as a system of principles used to guide one's practices; whereas a mindset can be...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Reflections on Teaching and Learning

Reflections on Teaching and Learning

Educators have a responsibility to guide the moral development of youth

For years I have been concerned over what I view as the seriously truncated understanding of what teaching entails that is now commonly held. Taken hold in most peoples' minds, it seems, is a very narrow and limited...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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From Ideology to Action and From Progressive Pedigrees to Peacemaking

From Ideology to Action and From Progressive Pedigrees to Peacemaking

Making social conscience and democracy come alive

The call came in December 2015. I didn't recognize the voice of Dr. Glenda Mosley. A native of the Baltimore, Maryland, area, Dr. Mosley is a business owner, a concerned citizen, and an entrepreneur. Her passion was...
Author: Tracy W. Smith
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Using Graphic Novels to Open the Gateway for Struggling Readers

Using Graphic Novels to Open the Gateway for Struggling Readers

The benefits of using graphic novels in the social studies classroom

The standards in current education reform movements stress the importance of strengthening students' content-area literacy skills. This means that social studies teachers must draw on powerful texts. The problem is...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough
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Moving into Action: Middle Level Learners as Change Agents

Robust learning happens when students have choice and voice in curriculum.

"Students in the middle grades … have the ability to perceive deep truths and are making decisions that will affect the way they live the rest of their lives. This transitional time between childhood and...
Author: Maggie McHugh, Penny Reedy, Ann Yehle
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Cheating and Plagiarizing

Cheating and Plagiarizing

Ben reads below grade level, and knows that if he whines about how unfair school is, his dad will cave in and do most of the work for him. Jacqueline knows how to do the math, but she doesn't think she should...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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From the Eyes of a Junior Teacher Candidate

It was so much easier building relationships with teachers in elementary, middle, and high school. In college, on the other hand, building relationships is far more challenging. You typically only have a professor for...
Author: Haley Johnston
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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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