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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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Sharing the WOW! Tips for Engaging Families

Sharing the WOW! Tips for Engaging Families

What's Wow! about your school? Effective middle level leaders rarely miss an opportunity to connect with families of current and potential students to tell the story of how their middle school positively affects the...
Author: Mike Dietz
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A School-Wide Read: Creating a Space to Grow

A School-Wide Read: Creating a Space to Grow

Woodrow Middle School* recently underwent a renovation project to its 75-year-old building—a renovation that closed the library for a year and reduced the library's collection to bare essentials. Spurred by the...
Author: Jennifer Wilson and Pamela Jewett
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Cultivating Connections with Diverse Families

Cultivating Connections with Diverse Families

Opportunities abound for teachers to make connections with diverse families.

As we welcome students into our classrooms each year, we are reminded of the important role families play in our students' education. We listen as administrators discuss the importance of community and parental...
Author: Brooke Eisenbach, Summer Clark, Amy Gooden
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Parent-Teacher Communication, Student Engagement, and Math

Parent-Teacher Communication, Student Engagement, and Math

Parental involvement is critical to student engagement and achievement.

Accountability is a powerful motivator in business and in education. As a teacher who often is in contact with my students' parents, I have always believed that accountability encourages parents to become more...
Author: Greg M. Benson
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Rethinking Field Trips

Field trips used to be a common and highly anticipated part of the middle grades experience: young adolescents, bleary eyed, climbing on the bus with iPods and handheld games. It wasn't so much where they were...
Author: AMLE
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Topics: Teaching
Mitigating Factors: Negative Neighborhoods and Student Learning

Mitigating Factors: Negative Neighborhoods and Student Learning

We can't give up on students who are struggling just to survive.

There probably isn't an educator alive who hasn't heard—or made—comments like these: Too bad his momma is in jail! He never had a chance. If she just wasn't from that neighborhood! Why does he hang...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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Positive Contact: Redefining Parent Involvement

Ms. Jones had never had three college-educated adults visit her modest, one-room, government-subsidized apartment. Working two jobs, one at a hotel and the other as a waitress, going back to school, and being a single...
Author: Jaime Greene, Derek Voiles
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You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

Four questions to consider when communicating with parents

Schools and school systems have to work hard to balance the needs of creating student-centered learning environments, leading efforts to shift teacher mindsets and skills, and understanding and implementing efforts to...
Author: Derek L. McCoy, Norman Edwards
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Home Supports and Routines for Middle School Success

Home Supports and Routines for Middle School Success

As a lifelong educator, I have realized that implementing some consistent structures and routines at home with my own children have significantly contributed to their success as students. In talking with many of the...
Author: Norman Edwards
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