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Joining Forces for the Future

Joining Forces for the Future

Collaboration is one of the essential attributes of successful middle grades schools. The benefits of working together are apparent in the joint efforts of a small midwestern college and an urban middle school to...
How to Be a Legendary Teacher

How to Be a Legendary Teacher

Can you imagine teaching middle grades students for more than four decades? As a middle school principal, I had the opportunity to work with just such a teacher. Barry Krizan taught three generations of our...
Author: Roger Chamberlain
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Boosting Your Morale

Boosting Your Morale

Feeling defeated? Rekindle your passion for teaching.

We know we have the best job on earth: reaching and inspiring the minds and hearts of today’s youth, shaping the future with each young mind we educate. Yet, we all have days when we feel the tremendous pressure...
Author: Brooke B. Eisenbach, Jennifer M. Denmon, Taylor W. Sampson, Theresa Rice, & Camille A. Dayley
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

Practices to support teachers.

"What's the point, Mrs. Adams?" asked Brian. I will never forget the confused yet honest look on my 8th grade student's face when he asked me this question after I had concluded my riveting lecture about the causes...
Author: Julie Adams
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Mentoring Needs Nurturing

On a walk in my neighborhood, I passed by a relatively uneventful river birch standing near the sidewalk in the sunshine. I almost looked the other way when I spotted an interesting relationship happening in the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Helping Student Teachers Face Their Fears

Helping Student Teachers Face Their Fears

Agreeing to have a student teacher in your classroom is an important decision. It's one more time commitment on top of a schedule that probably is already overflowing with things to do. But consider how unnerving it...
Author: Diana Brannon
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Ready ... Set ... Grow!

Imagine, if you will. . . It is the first week of a new school year, and a group of about 50 middle school teachers is lingering around the library having coffee and catching up after summer vacation. The principal...
Author: Cecily Anderson
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The Intellectual Life of Teachers

If we’re not careful, we may lose our intellectual selves. We can grow numb with repeated exposure to ideology and structures built to maintain the school’s status quo. With each passing year, our...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

It seems like everywhere you turn, you can find a study that says that the teacher is the number one factor impacting student achievement. No kidding, right? I think many of us in the field have known this for a long...
Author: Krista M. Venza
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Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

There's no getting around it—we teach who we are. By our presence in a classroom, it is inevitable that students learn about us. We teach who we are, so who we are matters. Who we are becomes evident through...
Author: Sara Davis Powell
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