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It's Different Now

It's Different Now

Four experiences for educators to consider about today's young adolescents

It's not our imagination, kids really are different. Today's youth face four constructs that adults either did not experience at all or did not experience in the same way as youth today. Athletics As a parent of...
Author: Jen Cort
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Namaste

Namaste

Integrating yoga class structure and style in the middle school classroom

I nervously entered the room and found a seat in the back. I looked around to find the fastest exit, but I was too late; the teacher walked in, queued the music, and dimmed the lights. "Welcome" she began. "It is a...
Author: Molly Mee, Walter Mills
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Microaggressions in the Classroom

Microaggressions in the Classroom

Discussion and disruption to reduce and end harmful language and behaviors

As a white, privileged, cisgender, heterosexual male, I can walk into most situations with people of my own race, or with mixed race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status groups, and not have to be on...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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What Does Social Responsibility Mean to a Middle Schooler?

What Does Social Responsibility Mean to a Middle Schooler?

Asking—and listening—to our students pays off

Last night I saw the play Dear Edward Hansen with my 14-year-old eighth grader, Zoey. It's amazing, of course, but one thing that really struck me was the audible sobbing during the show. This is a play about a...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Taking the time to help your students navigate the highs and lows of adolescence

By the time Catie, 14, stormed out of her last class of the day, she felt disconnected from her emotions. She had no idea how deeply she'd been impacted by a minor fight with her mother on the way to school. In...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Tags: Guidance
A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

How a chat with a former student reinforced and reaffirmed good teaching practices

I walked into a local business yesterday and stood in line waiting my turn. As I stood there, I knew that I recognized the face and the voice of the customer service representative eagerly assisting others. As I...
Author: James Davis
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Digital Portfolios

Digital Portfolios

Collecting student work to keep track of and reflect on accomplishments

Recently, I offered a workshop in my district to teachers interested in creating digital portfolios of student work. My initial focus for the presentation was the digital concept of portfolios, but as I made my way...
Author: Kerry MacDonald
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On the Icy Slopes of Adolescence

On the Icy Slopes of Adolescence

How neuroscience can help us connect with adolescents

Reading about the teenage brain is one thing, crawling inside the mind of an adolescent is quite another. As a veteran of adolescence and a current scholar of teenage education, I can now look back at my own...
Author: Molly Jordan
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A Calm Classroom Community

A Calm Classroom Community

Being proactive by communicating expectations of classroom behavior

No need for a bull horn, the students could hear me shouting just fine. My voice was so hoarse after my first year, it sounded like I was constantly coming down with whooping cough. Expectations? Oh, my students were...
Author: Victoria Lentfer
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The Power of Community Circles

The Power of Community Circles

Building healthy relationships in the middle school classroom

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) emphasizes the importance of creating a successful school for young adolescents that is inviting, supportive, safe, and joyful in order to support students' emotional...
Author: Jamie Silverman
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