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Teacher Collaboration: Keys to Common Core Success

Teacher Collaboration: Keys to Common Core Success

A new survey sheds light on keys to successful implementation of Common Core State Standards.

Think about the Common Core State Standards as an ambitious remodeling project happening all over the country. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted new shared goals for what their students should...
Author: Catherine Awsumb Nelson
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Tags: Literacy
Joy in Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program

Joy in Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program

A middle school community intentionally creates opportunities and experiences for all students to develop a love for reading.

Only two remain. The girl and boy glance earnestly about as the votes are cast. One by one, the members present their decision to their leader. Once the elder finalizes the count, the group roars as the victor is...
Author: Kimberly Cockley
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Tag It—"Graffiti" in the Classroom

Tag It—"Graffiti" in the Classroom

Graffiti murals promote comprehension and student voice.

Some see graffiti as vandalism; others see it as a work of art. Urban artists use graffiti to send political messages—as a form of meaning making in the larger society. Indiana University Professor David Hanauer...
Author: Samina Hadi-Tabassum
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Effective Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners

Effective Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners

Using popular culture resources to engage learners.

Middle level teachers can make learning engaging by using popular culture texts. When faced with the challenge of engaging students, many teachers often struggle to create relevant learning experiences while also...
Author: Crystal LaVoulle
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Lights, Camera, Literacy!

Lights, Camera, Literacy!

A marriage of film and literacy education provides authentic learning opportunities.

As middle school teachers, we strive to inspire our students to achieve. We constantly seek ways to engage, motivate, and challenge every learner in our classrooms. We want to provide those special experiences that...
From Reading to Understanding

From Reading to Understanding

There's an alarming gap between middle school students' ability to read words and their ability to comprehend texts across various disciplines, according to "Adolescent Readers in Middle School," a white paper from...
Author: AMLE
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Welcome to Camp Lightning Thief!

The mother of a seventh grade student at Canonsburg Middle School in Pennsylvania sent the following message to Mrs. Wright, a language arts teacher: Just wanted to let you know how much Alex has been enjoying The...
Author: Greg Taranto, Jeremy Kuharcik, & Mindy Wright
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Necessary Noise: The Importance of Collaborative Learning

Necessary Noise: The Importance of Collaborative Learning

An old-fashioned radio broadcast encourages deeper reading.

Connections between students, connections between texts and students, and connections between texts and the real world are vital to student learning. In classrooms, one way to make connections is by linking people,...

Helping Struggling Readers Succeed

“Can you airdrop that text to me so that I can paste it into ReadNRespond? I need to search for a web image that represents the main idea,” Mark says. Justin reminds him as he examines the co-constructed...
Author: Keri Ewart
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Literacy for All: Learning  at a "Just Right" Level

Literacy for All: Learning at a "Just Right" Level

Using leveled text across the curriculum helps every teacher be a literacy teacher.

Teachers at all levels and in all content areas are faced with the challenge of supporting students with reading challenges and raising test scores. Every classroom can have students on three or more different reading...
Author: Holly Noel Wagner, Jeanne Bonds, Barb Superka
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