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Talking Tech for the PBL Classroom

Project Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional model that encourages active participation of students throughout the learning process. The Buck Institute describes PBL as, "a teaching method in which students gain...
Author: Kristie Smith
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A Discussion on Grading? Let Me Get My Helmet

A Discussion on Grading? Let Me Get My Helmet

It's time we get on the same page

Although based on a ridiculously small data set, my scientific opinion, given the available information, is that teachers are almost completely pacifistic, choosing discourse and debate over confrontation and conflict...
Author: Guy Gambone
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Tags: Grades
Movies and Math Help Make Global Connections

Movies and Math Help Make Global Connections

Mathematics is a truly universal language and by its very nature is enriched by, and historically grew because of, the contributions of scholars from around the world, from the Greeks, the Arabs, the Hindus and the...
Author: Alessandra King
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Addressing Writer's Block Through Physical Movement

Addressing Writer's Block Through Physical Movement

Encouraging student thinking and writing with opportunities for movement.

Almost all students will experience writer's block at one time or another. Helping them work through this common experience with the use of physical activity may add success to the writing process for all students....
Author: John Helgeson
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Effective Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners

Effective Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners

Using popular culture resources to engage learners.

Middle level teachers can make learning engaging by using popular culture texts. When faced with the challenge of engaging students, many teachers often struggle to create relevant learning experiences while also...
Author: Crystal LaVoulle
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Joy in Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program

Joy in Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program

A middle school community intentionally creates opportunities and experiences for all students to develop a love for reading.

Only two remain. The girl and boy glance earnestly about as the votes are cast. One by one, the members present their decision to their leader. Once the elder finalizes the count, the group roars as the victor is...
Author: Kimberly Cockley
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20 Literacy Strategies for Engaging the Middle Level Brain

20 Literacy Strategies for Engaging the Middle Level Brain

Effective ways to enhance reading and writing experiences.

Recently, I was teaching a language arts class in Logan, West Virginia. The objective of the lesson was to analyze the impact of tradition on human behavior using narrative text. Sounds really dull, doesn't it? It...
Author: Marcia L. Tate
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Derailing "IDK"

Derailing "IDK"

Helping students articulate questions and uncertainties.

I have never been in a train wreck, but I have been in chaos created during a class discussion when a student sullenly mumbles, "I don't know." Lesson derailment! Disastrous emotional derailment! Let's investigate the...
Author: Rebecca Kordatzky
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The Three-Legged Stool of Organization

The Three-Legged Stool of Organization

Practical strategies to organize your mind, your life, and your workspace.

The three-legged stool embodies stability and simplicity. In the busy world of middle-level education, our time is finite yet the demands on it seem unlimited. Technology places countless resources at our fingertips,...
Author: Frank Buck
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Turning Apathy into Aspirations

Turning Apathy into Aspirations

Using project-based learning to develop relationships and establish relevance.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) has changed my life, but the changes I have seen in young people is the reason I am spreading the love. Skyler was the student that you knew was able to succeed academically and pass...
Author: Ryan Steuer
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