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Triage, Not Emergency

Triage, Not Emergency

Watching for even the small details can create a responsive culture that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of students

I bet you didn't know that you signed up to be a triage nurse now did you? Meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of middle school students is a lot like working the triage desk in a busy hospital. The...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Help Your Students Combat Cruelty by Making Kindness Go Viral

Help Your Students Combat Cruelty by Making Kindness Go Viral

Four ideas to encourage middle schoolers to choose kindness

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on intentionally fostering kindness and practicing peer respect. We don't want youth to simply not do the wrong thing, but do what is right instead—treat their...
Author: Sameer Hinduja
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The Role of Learning Management Systems in Middle Schools

The Role of Learning Management Systems in Middle Schools

How an LMS supports learning, communication, and collaboration

Schools are incessantly faced with implementing new initiatives and programs. Clickers in the classroom! Use cell phones! One-to-one laptops! Online textbooks! Communicate with parents digitally! The list is...
Author: Kelly Backenstoe, Kimberley Krempasky
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When This 7th Grader Lost All His Friends

When This 7th Grader Lost All His Friends

The one bold move that evoked their compassion

Sean sat in the big gray chair in my office, his head between his knees. "I have no friends anymore," he said. I handed him a box of tissues and he wiped his eyes. "No one will talk to me. If I try to sit at someone's...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Surviving High Seas

Surviving High Seas

Helping students succeed by becoming aware of their own thought processes

Harsh skies at noon mirror the deep, stormy sea. Winds scream at tumultuously rolling peaks and valleys. Tossing ship and tumbled crew groan in unison. The captain shouts through the chaos, "Look lively, mates. You've...
Author: Rebecca Kordatzky
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Topics: Teaching
Fight Fake News!

Fight Fake News!

Four steps for helping students identify real news

Teaching with current events has always been a vital way to help students become informed and engaged citizens. But the importance of news literacy has perhaps never been as critical as it is today, with the...
Author: Lina Mai
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Topics: Teaching
Grading for Life Skills

Grading for Life Skills

Building college and career readiness by focusing on effort and behavior

Life skills, also known as behavior skills, are the base on which academic and technical skills are built. In the work world, the biggest issue is not technical skill in employees, rather it's behavior skills. People...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Topics: Teaching
Innovative Teaching Strategies that Improve Student Engagement

Innovative Teaching Strategies that Improve Student Engagement

Five teaching strategies designed to challenge and engage students

"In education, student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they...
Author: James Davis
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Topics: Teaching
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Culture of the Robotics Class

Culture of the Robotics Class

How an early career teacher created a culture of mutual respect and learning

After teaching sixth grade math and science my first two years, I was extremely nervous and apprehensive to become a robotics teacher. I did not study robotics in college, and I had never, ever pictured myself in this...
Author: Ross Hartley
Number of views (6047)/Comments (1)/
Topics: Teaching
A Community Council Makes Everyone a Champion

A Community Council Makes Everyone a Champion

Empowering students to self-regulate and create a positive classroom community

Growing up in rural Nebraska there were three things I knew I would take away from my upbringing: a tenacious work ethic, a strong sense of community, and an obsessive passion for Nebraska football. Legendary football...
Author: Victoria S. Lentfer
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