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Moving Beyond Tech-Rich Classrooms

Imagine being tasked with teaching a class of restless adolescents, all of whom have different learning styles, strengths, interests, and needs. Or perhaps this daunting scenario is not so farfetched at all. A team...
Author: Kristi McGrath Schmidt
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Reader Response in All Disciplines

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase their comprehension of texts in all...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Creating Connections in Our School: It was BIGGER than We Thought!

Creating Connections in Our School: It was BIGGER than We Thought!

Making connections with advisory is so much fun

When we first began creating our advisory program, its purpose was to replace a 30-minute homeroom embedded in our day. One of the problems with advisory at the time was that teachers were struggling to create...
Author: Ellen D'Amore, Erin Tobul
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The Hidden Benefits of Video Games

The Hidden Benefits of Video Games

How video games can help students develop important life skills

Admit it. You have played video games and perhaps enjoyed them! Tetris? Candy Crush? Angry Birds? Solitaire? Or perhaps a game-of-chance? Well you are not alone. With more than 65 million users of Pokemon Go gained in...
Author: Clark Godshall, LaVonna Roth
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Getting Serious About Closing the Achievement Gap

Getting Serious About Closing the Achievement Gap

Nurturing conditions where ALL students succeed

Too many schools continue to struggle with closing the achievement gap. The No Child Left Behind legislation was supposed to change all of this, though today we still have too many students left behind. Lawmakers...
Author: Charles Beaman
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Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Using Hollywood film and sources to analyze figures in Greek mythology

There is no doubt that the use of Hollywood films in a classroom provides the students with a variety of benefits crucial to their learning and their understanding. Although movie day in a middle level classroom is...
Author: Michelle Black
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Increasing Participation through Random Calling

Increasing Participation through Random Calling

How can we encourage reluctant students to participate without humiliating them?

Every teacher has students who never participate unless called upon. And while randomly calling on students to respond, instead of taking volunteers, can dramatically increase both attention and participation, it can...
Author: Grace Dearborn
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Fact or Fiction: Fake News and its Impact on Education

Fact or Fiction: Fake News and its Impact on Education

How do we equip students with the tools to determine the validity of sources?

On October 30, 2016, a white supremacist Twitter account's tweet received more national recognition than expected. The tweet made claims that Hillary Clinton was at the center of a pedophilia ring. The Internet was...
Author: Anthony Golding
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How can I help students develop the essential skills needed in the decision-making process?

This is part 3 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, social awareness, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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That Was Then, This Is Now: Gifted in the Middle

That Was Then, This Is Now: Gifted in the Middle

Committing to the challenge of addressing the needs of gifted learners

That Was Then Middle schools and their guiding philosophies were created in reaction to junior and senior high schools' lack of attention to developmental and academic needs of young adolescents. This We Believe:...
Author: Susan Rakow
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