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Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom

Printable article Successful middle schools engage students in all aspects of their learning. There are many strategies for accomplishing this. One such strategy is student-led conferences. As a classroom teacher...
Author: Catherine Garrison, Michael Ehringhaus, PhD
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Classroom Management Strategies for Difficult Students

Promoting Change through Relationships

Teachers in middle level schools face overwhelming demands and challenges in their classrooms. They are expected to know content and pedagogy, develop engaging lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners, and use...
Author: Mary Ellen Beaty-O'Ferrall, Alan Green, Fred Hanna
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Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents

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Early adolescence is a distinct period of human growth and development situated between childhood and adolescence. During this remarkable stage of the life cycle, young adolescents, 10- to 15-year-olds, experience...
Author: Micki Caskey, Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
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It's Time to Stop Averaging Grades

It's Time to Stop Averaging Grades

You’ve always averaged grades. Your teachers averaged grades when you were in school and it worked fine. It works fine for your students. Does it? Just as we teach our students, we don’t want...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Successful Strategies for Teaching Reading to Middle Grades English Language Learners

Teachers can employ a variety of classroom-tested strategies to teach reading to English language learners.

Carlos (a pseudonym) moved from Guatemala to the United States when he was in sixth grade. When Carlos started school, his teachers expected him to speak only in English and practice English in his...

The Common Core: The Good, the Bad, the Possible

Middle grades educators would have to live on another planet not to be aware of initiatives involving the Common Core State Standards, teacher accountability, and PreK–12 state achievement tests. How do we sort...
Author: Susan Rakow
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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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A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A unit of study can provide a framework that fosters student engagement with writing tasks.

Middle grades students write—daily. They text, pass notes, send e-mails, blog, and post updates on Facebook. At the center of students' non-academic writing are their day-to-day thoughts, stories, and...

Looking at Executive Function

It was bright orange and boxy. I had used it repeatedly to "catch air," plowing over snow piles at high speed in school parking lots during the winter. Doing these stunts was safe, I reasoned: It was the family...

RAFTing with Raptors: Connecting Science, English Language Arts, and the Common Core State Standards

RAFT writing assignments can help students learn content while developing writing and thinking skills.

Forty-five states and three territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and most states are now in the process of implementing them (CCSS Initiative, 2012). CCSS for English Language...
Author: Gary J. Senn, Deborah H. McMurtrie, & Bridget K. Coleman
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