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Parents' Relationships and Involvement: Effects on Students' School Engagement and Performance

This study focused on parents' relationships and involvement in their children's lives and the effects on the students' school engagement and school performance. The study used the Wave I data from the National...
Author: Yun Mo, Kusum Singh
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Using Classroom Management to Close the Achievement Gap

While observing in several classrooms recently, I noticed teachers who had outstanding lesson plans, but many of their students had other plans—texting, engaging in sidebars, talking out, and engaging in other...
Author: Charles Beaman
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Social Media for Middle Level Classrooms

Research Summary

Seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Delmatoff piloted a social media program in her Portland, Oregon classroom. By the end of the year, 20% of students school-wide were completing additional assignments for no credit,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Ken Carano
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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
Number of views (44038)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Keeping Students Engaged with Mini-Lessons

Keeping Students Engaged with Mini-Lessons

Quick lessons in the middle of class keep students active and focused.

“Class is over? Wow, that went fast!” That’s one of the biggest compliments a teacher can get. It means our students were engaged in their work. Research shows that the average young...
Author: Nichole Carter
Number of views (41696)/Comments (2)/
Topics: Teaching
Group Work: Getting into Formation

Group Work: Getting into Formation

Middle grades teachers whose students are the most engaged in learning and the least disruptive are the teachers who make the most of student grouping. The most effective teachers in our building have four group...
Author: Erich May
Number of views (41498)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

Sights and Sounds of Middle Level winner

Columbus (WI) Middle School students spent the first day of school with their homeroom teachers working to establish procedures getting to know one another. The most important part of the day, however, was...
Author: Paul Kurch, principal
Number of views (38462)/Comments (2)/

Teaching Students Responsibility

For as long as humans have lived on Earth, generations of adults have bemoaned the lack of due diligence in the upcoming generation: "They're indifferent and don't work hard," they declare. "We have to teach them...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Making a Difference through Student Advocacy

Making a Difference through Student Advocacy

The students needed me to make a difference, and they couldn’t wait another year for me to figure it out. The disciplinary referrals were piling up in the manila folder on my desk. Their pink, yellow and white...
Author: Dru Tomlin
Number of views (35439)/Comments (1)/

The Battle over Student Engagement

I can’t claim to be a major history buff, nor can I recite all of the major battles of the European Campaign in World War II. But I have learned one important lesson from war movies such as Saving Private Ryan...
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