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Building ELL Literacy through Argument-Driven Activities

Building ELL Literacy through Argument-Driven Activities

Helping students explore their opinions and develop vocabulary

In the Association for Middle Level Education's This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents (NMSA, 2010), there is an expressed commitment to helping young adolescents become successful, responsible, global...
Author: Carl Floyd, Jr.
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What's Keeping us From Doing PBL?

What's Keeping us From Doing PBL?

Mastering standards at a deeper level with project-based learning

John Dewey (1959), a great philosopher and educational theorist of the 1950s, had already warned us about the importance of an educational focus on the student rather than on the teacher. He argued that classroom...
Author: Isabel Cristina Fernandes Auler
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Panic Anxiety Disorders in Middle School Students

Panic Anxiety Disorders in Middle School Students

Informed educators can have a positive impact on students who are struggling

In her 1994 book of poetry, Something Permanent, writer/poet Cynthia Rylant gets inspiration from the photographs of Walker Evans, a photojournalist who documented rural America during the Great Depression in the...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Activate the Motivation Molecule

Activate the Motivation Molecule

Using art to boost student motivation and build community

Dopamine is known as the "feel good" neurotransmitter, and we crave it because it lets us know that predicted rewards are coming. That first sip of coffee that signals caffeine will improve your mood and energy level,...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Creating a Mindful Classroom

Creating a Mindful Classroom

Four mindful practices to promote optimal learning in the middle school classroom

With all the talk about mindfulness and learning, are there simple mindful practices teachers can use to make students available for optimal learning? The answer seems to be promising as growing enthusiasm for...
Author: David Hughes
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Automation and Robotics in a 1:1 School District

Automation and Robotics in a 1:1 School District

Technology to enhance learning, hone teaching skills, and showcase student learning

My school district recently went 1:1, meaning each student receives their own district-issued Chromebook for use throughout the school year. As an Automation and Robotics teacher, I was interested to see how this...
Author: Ross Hartley
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How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

Helping students understand themselves so they can understand the world

Allowing students to see perspectives other than their own is a critical component of transformative learning. In my current teaching environment, I get to see the results of this as students encounter other cultures...
Author: Robert Moreno
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Consider Connections

Consider Connections

Integrating social responsibility across the content areas

During middle school, students begin to strengthen their ideas and beliefs about themselves and the world around them. To become socially responsible citizens, students need the skills to explore controversial issues...
Author: Kasey Short
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Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Growing a culture of inclusion builds bonds and improves opportunities for all students

For the life of me, I cannot remember having a significant interaction in middle school with my peers who had disabilities. I'm not a particularly forgetful person; I have many memories from my small town middle...
Author: Katie Howlett, Nick Cedergren
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Who Am I

Who Am I

Using young adult literature to explore adolescent identity

Everybody has a story. These stories comprise the events in our lives that intersect in complicated and uniquely beautiful ways to shape our perceptions and general outlook of the world. They demonstrate our strengths...
Author: Vanessa E. Vega
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