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Heart over Head: Motivating Reluctant Learners

Heart over Head: Motivating Reluctant Learners

In the early 1970s, Charles Silberman’s book Crisis in the Classroom rocked the education landscape with its verdict that schools were sterile, dry places of learning. Although the claims of the book should...
Author: Charles Beaman
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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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Using Chants and Cadences to Promote Literacy Across the Curriculum

Chants and cadences engage students in creative writing and critical thinking.

Daniel (a pseudonym) had benefitted greatly from the idea that students can creatively represent their ideas in a content area in ways other than traditional spoken and written responses. He was a preservice...

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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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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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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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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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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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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