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A Defining Issue of Our Time

A Defining Issue of Our Time

Creating middle schools where every child can speak a digital language

Jade is a quiet 12-year-old girl who has been in my English classes here in Hong Kong for the past two school years. Because of her in-class demeanor, it took me by surprise when Jade off-handedly mentioned that she...
Author: Christopher Dallas Panell
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Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Facilitating rich discourse to engage students and develop confidence

Through education, teachers influence change in their students' mindsets, which in turn can help students become successful individuals (Yeager & Dweck, 2012). We believe that the best teachers guide, motivate,...
Author: Lynnette Sanchez-Gonzalez, Megan Nickels
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Topics: STEMTeaching
The "Geography" of Your Classroom

The "Geography" of Your Classroom

Improve learning and show students you value them by rethinking the physical space of the classroom

I hail from room 604, where the sign on the door reads "resource room." However, I actually teach sixth grade English language arts class at full capacity in this room, which was designed for small group support...
Author: Maggie Perkins
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Middle Schoolers Must Play

Middle Schoolers Must Play

Students share about their engagement in and ownership of their own play time

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." —Heraclitus (554 – 483 BC) As middle school educators, we see a growing population of adolescents who struggle with...
Author: Jody Marberry, Mead Ploszay
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Getting to Know Our Students

Getting to Know Our Students

A successful school year starts—and continues—with knowing well the students we serve

One of the highest forms of respect around the world is to prove to someone that we really know them, and that we see them as worth knowing. We can connect with the grumpiest of individuals when we prove such things,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Don't Pick Up the Rope

Don't Pick Up the Rope

Why it's not worth getting into a struggle with students

It was the summer of 1998. I lived in a two room apartment with my now husband. The shower was in the kitchen. We drove clunker cars, scrounged change for take-out, and let me tell you, we were living our best life....
Author: Amber Chandler
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After-Reading Response: Poetry in Two Voices to Compare and Contrast

After-Reading Response: Poetry in Two Voices to Compare and Contrast

Synthesizing text into a new format helps readers relate to content

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 comprehension of texts—fiction...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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What's Your Best Advice for Beginning Teachers?

What's Your Best Advice for Beginning Teachers?

Veteran teachers share ideas and advice for teachers new to middle level education

In the spring, right before and during testing in a middle school, teachers were asked to share some advice for beginning teachers. Note that the end of the year can be challenging. The stress associated with teaching...
Author: Nancy Bell Ruppert
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Topics: Teaching
Walking for Water

Walking for Water

Building empathy through experience

Forty billion hours; not thousand or even million ... 40 BILLION. Women and children in Africa spend 40 BILLION hours walking to gather water every year. They walk for hours to obtain water that's not even safe for...
Author: Jennifer Caylen
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Topics: Teaching
Middle Me This: A Professional Crush

Middle Me This: A Professional Crush

When a teacher's advisory game leads to a lesson learned

New clothes, new friends, and new advisory classes were in motion, which meant the new school year was underway! And, as true for some years, an imbalance of boys and girls seemed to be the general configuration that...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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