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The 3 Rs for Middle School Success

The 3 Rs for Middle School Success

The importance of focusing on relationships, reflection, and retakes

Is great teaching rocket science? No. It's actually far more complicated. Maslow & Bloom The middle school years can be some of the most exciting, yet nerve-racking phases in life. Recent studies have...
Author: Julie Adams
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Mixed-Ability and Mixed-Grade Literature Circles

Mixed-Ability and Mixed-Grade Literature Circles

Building community, reading comprehension, and student leadership

Tying shoes. A simple activity that's typically performed one or more times daily. Once people learn how to tie shoes, they can do so almost without thinking. One of my favorite activities to do with teachers and...
Author: John Helgeson
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Collaborative, Individualized, and Competitive Learning

Collaborative, Individualized, and Competitive Learning

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Collaborative, individualized, and competitive learning are instructional methods that can be used with the project-based learning approach in middle school, with collaborative learning (sometimes known as cooperative...
Author: David E. Bartz
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Diagonal Alignment

Diagonal Alignment

A tool to integrate basic skills across the curriculum

In working with teachers on integration and differentiation, there are a few obstacles that are prevalent in almost every group. Logistics in implementing this approach in a system that is currently used is a common...
Author: Norm Potter
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Grit and Growth Mindset: Deficit Thinking?

Grit and Growth Mindset: Deficit Thinking?

Examining the cultural narrative around these ideologies

As with most things in education, context can be everything. A skill taught in isolation from meaningful context, for example, is rarely learned, and often becomes grist for blaming the student for his lack of...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Renewing Our Dedication to Assessing for Learning

Renewing Our Dedication to Assessing for Learning

Assess with a commitment to compassion, collaboration, and the goal of helping students succeed

It's easy to become jaded about assessment, but I'm going to offer a different view that will hopefully make assessment a tool for learning instead of just an after-the-fact event. We can't always control all of the...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Four Ways to Tweak Group Projects

Four Ways to Tweak Group Projects

Fostering more risk-taking, creativity, and true collaboration

Aiden, an eighth grader, wanted to vent about his latest group project. He had to work with classmates to design an environmentally sustainable home in Vietnam. This involved sourcing local palm thatching and bamboo,...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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During-Reading Response: Notepassing Discussion

During-Reading Response: Notepassing Discussion

Get all students to participate in class discussion by taking advantage of the fun of writing and passing notes

Reader response compels readers to interact with the text and makes visible for readers and their teachers the depth of text comprehension. This is the fifth in a series on scaffolding writing-to-learn by teaching a...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Let It Go

Let It Go

Create an instructional shift by letting go of these dated mentalities

"Student-centered" is just one set of new buzzwords in the education world. I remember sitting in a professional development session watching a video of students conducting the class with very little input from the...
Author: Vanessa Gibson
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Magic in the Classroom

Magic in the Classroom

The power of reflections and experiences for a professor returning to the classroom

At last year's AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, I was surrounded by passionate, knowledgeable preservice and inservice teachers, veteran and new administrators, and early career and retired...
Author: Nancy Ruppert
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