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Welcome to the Genius Hour

Welcome to the Genius Hour

Dedicated time and passion bring out the best in students.

As I drove home one evening after hosting a showcase of student work, attended by the community, all I could think about was how a new project called Genius Hour had transformed my seventh graders over the course of...
Author: Cryslynn Billingsley
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Topics: Teaching
Service-Learning: The Time Is Now

Service-Learning: The Time Is Now

Have you noticed the groundswell of volunteerism during the past few years? In 2006 alone, 60 million Americans dedicated 8.1 billion hours of service to community organizations. More recently, President Obama has...
Author: Cathryn Berger Kaye
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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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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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10 Steps to a Safer School

Academic rigor, achievement on standardized tests, character education, and student behavior will always be important topics, but above all, parents want their children to come home safely and in the same physical...
Author: James Davis
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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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Patient and Tenacious Teaching

In the race to complete reports that prove the immediate value-added measures of our teaching, we've lost sight of one of the most powerful teaching tools we have: patience. Teacher patience is the heart of students'...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Conference Takeover: Students in Charge

Conference Takeover: Students in Charge

Located in the northern district of Stanly County, North Carolina, New London Choice Middle School is a small K–8 school that enrolls only 353 students, yet the student body represents a wide spectrum of academic...
Author: Samuel A. DePaul & Sandra E. Carter
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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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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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