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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
Becoming a Teacher

Becoming a Teacher

Finding your niche and keeping the passion.

Do you remember your first day of college? I do. It was fall 2011 and I had arrived at Bowling Green State University to major in adolescent to young adult education, which covered grades 7–12. I showed up...
Author: Delaney F. Buechner
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Teaching Students Responsibility

For as long as humans have lived on Earth, generations of adults have bemoaned the lack of due diligence in the upcoming generation: "They're indifferent and don't work hard," they declare. "We have to teach them...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Going Online to Improve Student Achievement

Going Online to Improve Student Achievement

Leveraging technology helped get students back into class and on track.

In a perfect world, school districts would be able to purchase and implement as many resources and as much technology as necessary to help students achieve. However, factors such as budgets and staffing often get in...
Author: Mary Slaughter, Connie Shubert, Brenda Dix
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Prep-Once Activities

Prep-Once Activities

Bust worksheets and lectures with these activities you can reuse many times over.

We've all experienced it—you look up from your lesson to notice a virus spreading among your students. First one, then three, and before long, the whole class is overtaken. It's a zombie virus ... the virus of...
Author: Katie Powell
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Topics: Teaching

"Think bigger about science": Using Twitter for learning in the middle grades

Introduction Middle level educators have a deep awareness of their students' tremendously social nature. Young adolescents yearn to be connected with their peers, whether sharing excitedly during lunch, on...
Author: Ryan Becker, Penny Bishop
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Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Distance learning and classroom visits spark excitement learning social studies

Making social studies come alive is a top priority when trying to engage my middle schoolers. I began this process through distance learning. Using Skype in the classroom has enabled my students to travel to places...
Author: Dan Jones
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Topics: Teaching
From Tech Meek To Tech Geek

From Tech Meek To Tech Geek

I must be honest with you. With the surge of technology resources that I am being asked to use within the classroom, I feel far from confident in my abilities. I am inclined to blame my ignorance on the fact that I...
Author: Amanda Kline
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