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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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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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Surviving High Seas

Surviving High Seas

Helping students succeed by becoming aware of their own thought processes

Harsh skies at noon mirror the deep, stormy sea. Winds scream at tumultuously rolling peaks and valleys. Tossing ship and tumbled crew groan in unison. The captain shouts through the chaos, "Look lively, mates. You've...
Author: Rebecca Kordatzky
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Topics: Teaching
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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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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The Boy in the Middle

The Boy in the Middle

The social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs of middle schoolers

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) emphasizes that attending to the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs and assets of middle school children is central to their intellectual development....
Author: Daniel M. Levin, Molly Mee
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How Where We're from Colors Our View of the World

How Where We're from Colors Our View of the World

Committing to our students' stories is an investment in their success

I'm a sucker for a good Taylor Swift song. As a 32-year-old middle grades educator I feel confident enough to put that in writing, especially in this venue. The weeks before I began teaching outside of Houston, Texas,...
Author: Matthew Moulton
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Culture of the Robotics Class

Culture of the Robotics Class

How an early career teacher created a culture of mutual respect and learning

After teaching sixth grade math and science my first two years, I was extremely nervous and apprehensive to become a robotics teacher. I did not study robotics in college, and I had never, ever pictured myself in this...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Let's Make a Video

Let's Make a Video

Developing communication and leadership skills through community engagement

During the middle school years young adolescents not only become aware of the changes associated with physical and emotional maturity, but they also adjust to new learning standards and expectations. The goals of...
Author: Paulina Rodgers
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Creating a Mindful Classroom

Creating a Mindful Classroom

Four mindful practices to promote optimal learning in the middle school classroom

With all the talk about mindfulness and learning, are there simple mindful practices teachers can use to make students available for optimal learning? The answer seems to be promising as growing enthusiasm for...
Author: David Hughes
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