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How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

Helping students understand themselves so they can understand the world

Allowing students to see perspectives other than their own is a critical component of transformative learning. In my current teaching environment, I get to see the results of this as students encounter other cultures...
Author: Robert Moreno
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Consider Connections

Consider Connections

Integrating social responsibility across the content areas

During middle school, students begin to strengthen their ideas and beliefs about themselves and the world around them. To become socially responsible citizens, students need the skills to explore controversial issues...
Author: Kasey Short
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Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Growing a culture of inclusion builds bonds and improves opportunities for all students

For the life of me, I cannot remember having a significant interaction in middle school with my peers who had disabilities. I'm not a particularly forgetful person; I have many memories from my small town middle...
Author: Katie Howlett, Nick Cedergren
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Tags: Inclusion
Who Am I

Who Am I

Using young adult literature to explore adolescent identity

Everybody has a story. These stories comprise the events in our lives that intersect in complicated and uniquely beautiful ways to shape our perceptions and general outlook of the world. They demonstrate our strengths...
Author: Vanessa E. Vega
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It's Different Now

It's Different Now

Four experiences for educators to consider about today's young adolescents

It's not our imagination, kids really are different. Today's youth face four constructs that adults either did not experience at all or did not experience in the same way as youth today. Athletics As a parent of...
Author: Jen Cort
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Namaste

Namaste

Integrating yoga class structure and style in the middle school classroom

I nervously entered the room and found a seat in the back. I looked around to find the fastest exit, but I was too late; the teacher walked in, queued the music, and dimmed the lights. "Welcome" she began. "It is a...
Author: Molly Mee, Walter Mills
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Microaggressions in the Classroom

Microaggressions in the Classroom

Discussion and disruption to reduce and end harmful language and behaviors

As a white, privileged, cisgender, heterosexual male, I can walk into most situations with people of my own race, or with mixed race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status groups, and not have to be on...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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What Does Social Responsibility Mean to a Middle Schooler?

What Does Social Responsibility Mean to a Middle Schooler?

Asking—and listening—to our students pays off

Last night I saw the play Dear Edward Hansen with my 14-year-old eighth grader, Zoey. It's amazing, of course, but one thing that really struck me was the audible sobbing during the show. This is a play about a...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Taking the time to help your students navigate the highs and lows of adolescence

By the time Catie, 14, stormed out of her last class of the day, she felt disconnected from her emotions. She had no idea how deeply she'd been impacted by a minor fight with her mother on the way to school. In...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Tags: Guidance
A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

How a chat with a former student reinforced and reaffirmed good teaching practices

I walked into a local business yesterday and stood in line waiting my turn. As I stood there, I knew that I recognized the face and the voice of the customer service representative eagerly assisting others. As I...
Author: James Davis
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