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Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Distance learning and classroom visits spark excitement learning social studies

Making social studies come alive is a top priority when trying to engage my middle schoolers. I began this process through distance learning. Using Skype in the classroom has enabled my students to travel to places...
Author: Dan Jones
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Add a Little Spice

Add a Little Spice

Ideas that energize your lessons and fuel students' desire to learn

The best compliment a teacher can ever receive from a student is when they look at you and say, "Class is over?" These three words let you know loud and clear that they were engaged, focused, and enjoying the lesson...
Author: Kim Campbell
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Teaching Like a Game Show Host

Teaching Like a Game Show Host

A game show template encourages and engages reluctant learners.

When you think about it, most middle school teachers would make great game show hosts. We get to know our contestants, we tell them the rules of the game, we play the game, and everyone is a winner for having the...
Author: Christopher Elliott
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Duct Tape and Pom-Poms

Duct Tape and Pom-Poms

Engaging middle school learners in metaphoric thinking through self-expressive prompts

Everyday Leadership Object Prompt A Please take a few minutes to think about characteristics of leaders you know and respect. Then choose an object from the table that...
Author: Anita Stewart McCafferty
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Five Education Strategies to Reach the "Touchscreen" Generation

Five Education Strategies to Reach the "Touchscreen" Generation

Just when you thought you understood the "Touch Screen Generation" today, they get even younger on you. In a recent publication of the Journal, Pediatrics, researchers found "almost universal exposure" to tablets and...
Author: Tim Elmore
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Develop community and encourage students to build positive relationships with one another throughout the school year

We often focus on “getting-to-know-you” activities during the first weeks of school yet what are some ways I can develop community and encourage students to build positive relationships with one another...
Author: Kristie Smith
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Tinkering to Learn: A Reflection on a Promising Practice

Tinkering to Learn: A Reflection on a Promising Practice

Providing students with opportunities to explore, wonder, and discover.

Mini-Course Day As I began teaching a thoughtfully designed lesson on conductors and insulators, I was met with blank stares and compliant students, patiently waiting me out. If they weren't such compliant young...
Author: Heidi Stark
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Moving into Action: Middle Level Learners as Change Agents

Robust learning happens when students have choice and voice in curriculum.

"Students in the middle grades … have the ability to perceive deep truths and are making decisions that will affect the way they live the rest of their lives. This transitional time between childhood and...
Author: Maggie McHugh, Penny Reedy, Ann Yehle
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Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Make introductory lessons opportunities for higher-level critical thinking.

One of my favorite administrative responsibilities is visiting classrooms and observing lessons. I view those visits and the follow-up conversations with teachers as opportunities to share ideas and expand our...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Let It Go

Let It Go

Create an instructional shift by letting go of these dated mentalities

"Student-centered" is just one set of new buzzwords in the education world. I remember sitting in a professional development session watching a video of students conducting the class with very little input from the...
Author: Vanessa Gibson
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