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The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?

The faculty lounge crackles with disagreements about the new grading policies suggested by the standards-based grading committee. The English department debates whether or not grammar proficiency is a requisite for...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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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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You Can Smile! Classroom Management Tips

We've all heard that teacher adage, "Don't smile before Christmas." How many of you abided by that rule this year, contending that smiling before the winter holidays would somehow make you lose control of your...
Author: Theresa L. Roberts
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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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Filling Our Jars with Middle Level Rocks

Filling Our Jars with Middle Level Rocks

When I was young, my mother often asked me, "What are the big rocks in your life?" Before I could answer, she would lovingly pat my back or squeeze my hand and remind me to take my time and answer only after deep...
Author: Rajni Shankar-Brown
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Coaching Teacher Dispositions

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We know that educators who "value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them" are a key component to middle level students' success (AMLE, 2010, p. 15). Middle level teachers must have the appropriate knowledge,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Jennifer Roberts
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Middle Me This! Some Backhanded Validation

Middle Me This! Some Backhanded Validation

While helping stimulate the economy one manicure-pedicure at a time, I was surprised at the salon cashier’s reaction to my response to the typical question, “What do you do?” The cashier,...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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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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