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It's All in How You Ask the Question

It's All in How You Ask the Question

Helping students develop investigable questions

Children like to explore, wander, and discover new things. This natural curiosity drives their active participation in the process of learning and discovery. Their curiosity sparks questions about unfamiliar...
Author: Krystabelle D. Rodriguez
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Topics: Teaching
The Hidden Curriculum of Middle School

The Hidden Curriculum of Middle School

Two years ago our school underwent a reorganization to create a designated middle school. Previously the school was split into two parts: Lower School which included Montessori sixth grade and Upper School which was...
Author: Tracie Cain
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Previewing Life as a Middle Grades Teacher

Previewing Life as a Middle Grades Teacher

Before they ever step into their very own classroom, middle school educators should have a realistic picture of the characteristics that make up effective middle level education and the unique qualities of young...
Author: Gahan Bailey
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Student Voice

A secret ingredient in improving student engagement and building a community of learners

Those of us in middle level education know the basics of adolescent psychology. Teens are naturally rebellious. Their state of mind isn’t in a "state" at all; they are out-of-sync, their bodies out of control....
Author: Elyse S. Scott
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Topics: Teaching
Value of Talk at the Middle Level

Value of Talk at the Middle Level

Why is talk important for learning? It helps us articulate what we know and believe and gives us the chance to try out different ideas to see if they have credibility under scrutiny from others. If we can learn to...
Author: Susan Edwards
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Topics: Teaching

I Am Not a Role Model—I'm So Much More

I am not a role model. In today's classroom, I am much, much more than that. I'm only 23 years old, but when I stepped into my first classroom to observe, I suddenly became 32. Why? The answer is really quite simple....
Author: Adam Reeves
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Be Irresistible

So if teaching in middle school is not about popularity, what is it that makes students what I call “pickers and choosers”? They go into one room and are well-behaved and on target; in other rooms a whole...
Author: Elyse S Scott
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Polishing Our Sea Glass

Polishing Our Sea Glass

Every student in middle school is precious—some simply need some polishing.

When I was a young adolescent, my parents took me and my two sisters, Sally and Betsy, to the shores of Lake Erie. While certainly not a breathtaking ocean with crystal clear waters, Lake Erie was beautiful...
Author: Tom Burton
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Literature Circles: Student-Driven Instruction

Literature Circles: Student-Driven Instruction

Literature circles bring reading to life for these sixth graders.

What did we just read? I am so bored! Why are we reading this? What's the point? Sound familiar? These were some of the responses to reading that I received during my first year teaching bright and talented sixth...
Author: Samantha Schnoor
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Middle Level Journeys - Episode 2

Middle Level Journeys - Episode 2

AMLE Podcast Series

Listen as AMLE talks with Melinda, a third year principal, about the hopes she has for her school, her students, and herself as the school year begins. Continue to follow Melinda’s journey as we keep the...
Author: AMLE
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