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STEM Across the Middle Grades Curriculum

STEM Across the Middle Grades Curriculum

Carl Sagan once said, "We can do science, and with it we can improve our lives." Yes, science is an action—something we can do—and it is apparent that we in education have forgotten that fact. As a...
Author: Chad Pavlekovich, Jenny Benardi, and Jayne Malach
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Civic Literacy: Civic Engagement and Summer Leadership Camps

Civic Literacy: Civic Engagement and Summer Leadership Camps

Today’s students need more than strong academic skills to be successful in the 21st century. To shape their future and the future of our global society, they also need strong leadership skills and a sense...
Author: Sherman Elliott
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Gardens, Geometry, and WebQuests

Are you looking for an effective way to educate this generation of youth who thrive on technology? Try WebQuests! WebQuests are online learning tools linking students to content and resources that are interactive and...
Author: Anna Mae Flynn, Melanie W. Greene
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Soaring to New Heights

Soaring to New Heights

One of the primary goals of education is to encourage, support, and facilitate students' academic and personal achievement. Eighth grade students at Springville-Griffith Institute Middle School in Springville, New...
Author: Joseph Karb
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Inclusion and Problem-Based Learning: Roles of Students in a Mixed-Ability Group

The literature on the use of problem-based learning in K–12 settings has traditionally focused on gifted and average students. However, mainstreaming is placing increasing numbers of students with special needs...
Author: Brian R. Belland, Krista D. Glazewski, Peggy A. Ertmer
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PBL: Learning How to Learn

PBL: Learning How to Learn

Project-based learning is about more than "doing projects."

We teach children to ask questions at a very early age, then we send them into the secondary school classroom where we ask them to quietly absorb information without questioning it. Project-based learning (PBL)...
Author: Rachel Erickson
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3, 2, 1, Engage: The Carver Academy Mars Simulator

Students carry a stack of textbooks into the classroom and sit in their rows of desks. Mr. Jones pulls up his PowerPoint and leads the class through the content that will be on Friday's test. Next week will look...
Author: Jim Heston
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Teaming, CCSS, and Project-Based Learning

Teaming, CCSS, and Project-Based Learning

Middle school is an energetic and dynamic environment. We should know—we spend our days with 100 fifth through eighth graders on a team at Williston Central School in Vermont called Swift House, named for the...
Author: Juliette Longchamp, Deborah Donnelly
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3 Tips for Teaching Speaking and Listening Skills

3 Tips for Teaching Speaking and Listening Skills

Students need strong speaking and listening skills to succeed in school and beyond.

There is truth to the old adage "what is tested, is taught," particularly in the past several years of assessment mania. The question we need to be asking ourselves, though, is what "test" are we preparing our...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

One student's enthusiasm can open new doors to teaching and learning.

My son's birthday party this year was at one of those bounce house places with children hopped up on orange soda and birthday cake. In the midst of the chaos, one of the workers approached me—not with the news...
Author: Amber Chandler
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