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Getting Homework Right

Getting Homework Right

Designing homework with students of poverty in mind

Homework, like taking a daily vitamin, is supposed to be good for us. So why all the angst over a seemingly benign antidote? For teachers, homework is frequently just another piece of paper to grade; for parents,...
Author: Mary Rollins
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Tags: Poverty
Interactive Notebooks in the Sixth Grade Science Classroom

Interactive Notebooks in the Sixth Grade Science Classroom

Keeping students organized and in charge of their own learning

Where did I put those notes again? Umm … I think I threw those notes away Ms. H. I don't know how to study for this quiz! Ugh, I hate taking notes! When did we learn this? Wait … did we even learn...
Author: Alison Hoadley
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Tags: Science
The Power of Group Work

The Power of Group Work

Strategies for developing collaboration skills

As a robotics teacher at Pickerington Ridgeview STEM Junior High, one of the major skills I focus on building in my students is collaboration. Being able to work well with others to accomplish a shared goal is not...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Topics: Teaching
Teaching Students How to Take Notes

Teaching Students How to Take Notes

Good note-taking helps students focus in class and learn organizational skills

As anyone who has taught middle school knows, seventh grade can be an interesting time for students and teachers alike. Some students arrive almost ready to move on to high school and start conquering the world, while...
Author: Pat Edwards
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Topics: Teaching
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Stop, Write, and Discuss

Stop, Write, and Discuss

Literacy strategies to transform instruction and deepen learning

Social studies instruction requires students to understand complex concepts, read dense primary source documents, and critically consider various perspectives. As a social studies and English language arts teacher, I...
Author: Kasey Short
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Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

Literacy as sustaining practice in every classroom

Régine recently decided to plant a flower garden. A friend, who was also a master gardener, volunteered to help. Immediately, this friend began talking about how plants create "themes" in a garden. Would...
Author: Regine Randall, Joseph Marangell
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Whipping Up Wonders with Co-Teaching

Whipping Up Wonders with Co-Teaching

Ideas for making co-teaching more effective in the middle grades

Co-teaching can be compared to preparing a savory meal for others. Every meal has some basic components: a chef who prepares it, ingredients, preparation time, and delivery. What makes the meal delicious, and not a...
Author: Shawn Hemminger
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Tags: Inclusion
The Choice to Teach Abroad

The Choice to Teach Abroad

Teaching overseas offers opportunity, adventure, and professional and personal growth

In the summer prior to entering middle school, I dove deep into the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. On page 11, as commander of a spaceship, I chose to put up the energy propulsion shields to try to escape a...
Author: Alex Dailey
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Students Make a Difference: Community Collaboration in Action

Students Make a Difference: Community Collaboration in Action

Project Based Learning that takes advantage of student voice, choice, and creativity

What would middle schoolers call a "Shark Tank" style competition about the national parks? "Park Tank" of course! Last spring, seventh grade students from Hudson Middle School in northeastern Ohio presented their...
Author: Kimberly Cockley
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Topics: Teaching
Collaboration: The Missing Standard

Collaboration: The Missing Standard

Putting standards in place for collaboration to prepare students for the workplace

Collaboration. The buzzword that gets crowned as one of the most important student skills. It has emerged as one of the major components of 21st century learning. The idea of collaboration is far from new, and the...
Author: Andy Landburg
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