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Different Families, Different Dances: Helping Children of Substance Abusers

Different Families, Different Dances: Helping Children of Substance Abusers

I was sitting in my office when I heard the distant sounds of crying. I found the source in the girls' bathroom. Kesha, the president of the student council, was collapsed on the ground, sobbing. I got her to her feet...
Author: Ann Mary Roberts
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An Experiment in Flipping

An Experiment in Flipping

Lack of time for hands-on learning prompted a classroom flip.

Class time was just too limited. Research suggests that teachers should systematically and explicitly teach students to craft essays, yet I struggled with finding the time to do it all: teach my students the skills...
Author: Pooja Patel
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Topics: Teaching

Manage Your Classroom AND Keep Your Sanity

Classroom management is about trial and error; it comes through practice, patience, teamwork, flexibility, quality mentoring, willingness to seek help, and a huge dose of humor. There is no one solution for every...
Author: Jack C. Berckemeyer
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Bring Class Discussions to Life

Bring Class Discussions to Life

"Beuller? Beuller?" Look in on class discussions today and what you'll see (I hope) is a far cry from the classroom of gaping-mouthed, drooling, blank-faced students in the John Hughes 1986 film Ferris Beuller's Day...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching

Directions for Literacy Leaders to Support Underachieving Middle Level Students’ Reading Achievement

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The purpose of this research summary revolves around the collection of empirical work published within the last decade that focuses on middle level students most in need of support for their reading achievement....
Author: Mary F. Roe, Maria Goff
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Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades

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Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have touted the importance of improving educator quality as fundamental to enhancing school and student outcomes (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos,...
Author: Dana L. Bickmore
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Communication

Recently, I spotted this utility marker in the middle of the sidewalk in my neighborhood. The word “COMMUNICATION” was pressed in the center ages ago, and the marker itself has remained fixed in that spot...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Becoming a Team

Becoming a Team

Creating and nurturing an effective team takes time—and it's well worth the effort

Just as trapeze artists must trust the workers who man the equipment and set up the nets, so team members must learn to trust each other. One of the main issues and concerns for teams is how to remain consistent and...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer
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Topics: Teaming

Coaching Teacher Dispositions

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We know that educators who "value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them" are a key component to middle level students' success (AMLE, 2010, p. 15). Middle level teachers must have the appropriate knowledge,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Jennifer Roberts
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3, 2, 1, Engage: The Carver Academy Mars Simulator

Students carry a stack of textbooks into the classroom and sit in their rows of desks. Mr. Jones pulls up his PowerPoint and leads the class through the content that will be on Friday's test. Next week will look...
Author: Jim Heston
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