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Creating a Culture of Connectedness through Middle School Advisory Programs

In the middle of an ordinary day in an ordinary Los Angeles school, four middle school students shared fascinating insights in response to the question, "Does advisory help you feel connected to school?" Without...
Author: Sarah Brody Shulkind, Jack Foote
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Innovative Teaching Strategies that Improve Student Engagement

Innovative Teaching Strategies that Improve Student Engagement

Five teaching strategies designed to challenge and engage students

"In education, student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they...
Author: James Davis
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Leading Learning for Children From Poverty

Leading Learning for Children From Poverty

Six effective practices can help teachers help students from poverty succeed.

What bridges the gap between a culture of despair and a future of hope for children who live in poverty? The answer is simple: effective educators who will not settle for mediocrity, who will not accept excuses for...
Author: Cynthia "Mama J" Johnson
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Looking at Executive Function

Looking at Executive Function

It was bright orange and boxy. I had used it repeatedly to "catch air," plowing over snow piles at high speed in school parking lots during the winter. Doing these stunts was safe, I reasoned: It was the family...

RAFTing with Raptors: Connecting Science, English Language Arts, and the Common Core State Standards

RAFT writing assignments can help students learn content while developing writing and thinking skills.

Forty-five states and three territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and most states are now in the process of implementing them (CCSS Initiative, 2012). CCSS for English Language...
Author: Gary J. Senn, Deborah H. McMurtrie, & Bridget K. Coleman
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Compassionate Discipline: Dealing with Difficult Students

Compassionate Discipline: Dealing with Difficult Students

Reaching and teaching all students requires an understanding of them inside and out.

If you are tired of dealing with negative student behaviors day in and day out, you are not alone—in fact, you are firmly in the center of the average teacher's experience. Still, managing difficult student...
Author: Grace Dearborn
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Literacy as the Link: Common Core Standards and Content Area Teaching

Literacy as the Link: Common Core Standards and Content Area Teaching

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) literacy standards for content area teachers provide incentive for teachers to focus on instructional techniques to meet students’ rigorous literacy needs across the...

Honor Roll? Really?

I look at the 16 students in my classroom. On any other day, 35 students would be looking back at me, but today the other 19 are eating cake and being honored at the morning's honor roll assembly. What am I supposed...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Jump-Start Your Student Advocacy Program

Creating a unique climate and culture in which all students feel welcome, safe, and secure is the responsibility of the school community. This is especially important in a middle school where students are trying to...
Author: Jill Dreer, Jennifer Moyer, Nancy Schneider, Meredith Weiss, Susan Lloyd
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New Teacher Induction

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Teacher quality is an important school-level factor in student achievement (Rivkin, Hanushek, & Kain, 2005) and the focus of ongoing effort by policy makers and practitioners to ensure that all students have...
Author: Kathryn L. Martin
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