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Achievement Unlocked!

Achievement Unlocked!

An achievement system for students helps them exercise independence and goal-setting skills.

Struggling with self-confidence yet wanting independence, middle school students need opportunities to feel valued and worthy. Middle school educators need to show students that they can do things independently, they...
Author: Kaylene Christie
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Topics: Teaching
They Need a Hero!

They Need a Hero!

Using hero stories to build academic skills and character in adolescents.

At the heart of every great story is a hero who triumphs over adversity. Hero stories, including Greek myths and legends, empower students with the knowledge that others have faced and overcome similar challenges....
Author: Melissa Baneck, Kenneth V. Anthony
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The Basics of Developing Effective Teams

The life of a middle level teacher is one of continuous challenges. Teachers are charged with curriculum development, lesson planning, data analysis, problem solving, response-to-intervention, and other student...
Author: Dawn Michelle Williams, Leah Kahn, Claudia Whitley
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Wayside Teaching Revisited

Wayside Teaching Revisited

Revisiting the value of informal teaching beyond planned instruction.

Wayside teaching was first introduced in the May 1987 "As I See It" column in the Middle School Journal—30 years ago. Here is a slightly modified version of it, particularly for all those educators who came to...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Moment by Moment: An Instructional Approach to Positive Behavior

Moment by Moment: An Instructional Approach to Positive Behavior

Positive student behavior develops from expectations, relationships, and direct instruction.

Although many schoolwide discipline efforts focus on systems, rules, and consequences, they often overlook effective response strategies to students' misbehavior. Without straightforward approaches to teach,...
Author: Tricia Wells
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Academic Lifeguards: Saving Students

Academic Lifeguards: Saving Students

Academic lifeguards are on duty, on guard, and willing to jump in when necessary.

You are a lifeguard on a beach and you see a child engulfed by an enormous wave, then struggling to keep her head above water. You use every skill you have to prevent the child from drowning. Academic lifeguards are...
Author: Sherri Nelson
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Making a New Language Stick with Students

Making a New Language Stick with Students

Best online resources to use at home and school

There's a reason people say, "It's like learning a new language!" when learning something that's difficult—it takes practice, diligence and off-hours studying to become fluent in a new language. What's more,...
Author: Jessica Thiefels
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Topics: Teaching
Information Overload: Giving Students the Tools They Need to Navigate the Digital World

Information Overload: Giving Students the Tools They Need to Navigate the Digital World

A few years ago, I wrote an article for students about the surprising amount of sugar that Americans eat. Toward the end of the article, after explaining how sugar is added to some foods you wouldn't expect (crackers!...
Author: Suzanne Zimbler
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Making a Middle School Magazine

Making a Middle School Magazine

A student-produced magazine celebrates middle level student voice.

In October 2015, a team of seven editors—all eighth grade boys at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia—met during lunch to compare two digital publishing platforms. They judged entries for the...
Teaching Like a Game Show Host

Teaching Like a Game Show Host

A game show template encourages and engages reluctant learners.

When you think about it, most middle school teachers would make great game show hosts. We get to know our contestants, we tell them the rules of the game, we play the game, and everyone is a winner for having the...
Author: Christopher Elliott
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Topics: Teaching
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