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Get Real: Worthy Curriculum for Worldly Adolescents

Helping students make sense of issues that concern them

In September 2015, a haunting image of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi circulated the world, mostly via social media. His lifeless body on the shores of Turkey was a confronting and emotive image for the average adult. For...
Author: Rachael Williams
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Topics: Teaching
Student Choice in the Mathematics Classroom

Student Choice in the Mathematics Classroom

Increasing engagement and motivation by giving students input on their learning

As a mathematics teacher I have often struggled to help my students feel inspired and motivated to do mathematics. Some students are unmotivated because traditionally they have not been successful in mathematics. This...
Author: Michelle Burroughs
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Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Changing student motivation from being disruptive to being successful

Working with students who typically haven't been very successful in the classroom can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a few simple approaches to take that will help you motivate those reluctant learners from day...
Author: Darren Barkett
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Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Help our students with and without intellectual disabilities lead the way to socially inclusive schools

Exclusion, discrimination, bullying—all are in the headlines on a daily basis, but change is ahead. It is time for an inclusion revolution, and our middle level students can help lead the way by becoming part of...
Author: Betty Edwards, Leigha Bannon
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Redefining the End Goal

Redefining the End Goal

Seven ways educators can help students look beyond grades

"There's no way I'm taking honors biology next year," Katie told me. "It's going to wreck my GPA." She was in eighth grade and contemplating the high school course options. I knew Katie collected insects for fun...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Embracing Dialects in Middle School English Class

Embracing Dialects in Middle School English Class

A variety of voices in literature helps students recognize themselves in text and connect with others

I will start with an understatement: Now seems as apt a time as any to begin conversations about multiculturalism and marginalized populations in the classroom. A stance of cultural respect opens opportunities for...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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The Ups and Downs

The Ups and Downs

When my husband and I were dating, and we had all the time in the world, back when we strolled through bookstores, we stumbled upon a book called The Book of Questions. We bought it, placed it in the glovebox of my...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Milestones
Say "Yes" to Lectures

Say "Yes" to Lectures

The teacher opens an umbrella over his head while standing in the middle of the classroom. He appears not to recognize how unusual this is. Concerned about the teacher's mental health, students lean forward as he...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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It's More Than Books

It's More Than Books

Making connections with sports in the middle school classroom

When I taught middle school language arts, one of my students, Matthew, would complain that he was not able to give an explanation about or summarize the poems we were reading in class. However, every Monday he would...
Author: Pamela H. Segal, Montana K. McCormick
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Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Facilitating rich discourse to engage students and develop confidence

Through education, teachers influence change in their students' mindsets, which in turn can help students become successful individuals (Yeager & Dweck, 2012). We believe that the best teachers guide, motivate,...
Author: Lynnette Sanchez-Gonzalez, Megan Nickels
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Topics: STEMTeaching
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