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Speaking a Common Language Across the Curriculum

State standardized test scores at Cedarbrook Middle School in the Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) School District had been stagnant for several years and the achievement gap within our school dismayed and disheartened all...
Author: Sarah M. Stout, Peggy Cooper, Heather Blumberg, Linda Roeder, Jamie Osea, and Kevin Burke
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Joining Forces for the Future

Joining Forces for the Future

Collaboration is one of the essential attributes of successful middle grades schools. The benefits of working together are apparent in the joint efforts of a small midwestern college and an urban middle school to...
A Letter To My Eighth Graders

A Letter To My Eighth Graders

A teacher sends her students to high school with some words of advice.

With only a few days left with my students, I’m thinking how far they have come in their reading and writing skills this year. Their final writing assessment has actually been a pleasure to grade. But now, I...
Author: Judi Holst
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Homework

Perspectives

Question? To assign homework or not to assign homework? To grade homework or not to grade homework? Educators, parents, students—they all have an opinion. So, what is the value of homework and should it be...
Author: Cathy Vatterott, Lee Jenkins, and Larry Sandomir
Number of views (80234)/Comments (5)/
Topics: Assessment

Flexible Grouping in the Classroom

Remember the Fibonacci sequence? It's a series of numbers in which each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and so on. One of the most fundamental concepts in...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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If Not You, Then Who?

As I become energized for the new school year, I find myself evaluating middle level practices in our district and across our state. And, although I have read AMLE’s groundbreaking publication This We Believe...
Author: Tom Burton
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Professional Learning Communities

Research Summary

A professional learning community (PLC) is more than a group of individuals meeting together to read a common book or discuss a relevant issue. According to Huffman and Hipp (2003), PLCs are a way of working; "a...
Author: Kim K. Ruebel
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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

High stakes tests should assess what the public values from education, but they too often fall short of measuring the many and varied student learning outcomes that actually occur in classrooms. For example, in...
Author: Ed Dickey
Number of views (76107)/Comments (2)/
Tags: Math
An Action Plan for Creating Effective Schools

An Action Plan for Creating Effective Schools

A basic plan of action can help education leaders ensure success for all students.

Today’s school leaders are challenged to ensure their schools are effective—providing a quality education for every student—but they must do that with fewer resources than in the past. They need an...
Author: Kenneth Cummings
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Topics: Leadership
Developing Relationships with Difficult Students

Developing Relationships with Difficult Students

Four simple strategies can help forge a positive teacher-student relationship.

As Mary watched Ashleigh get off the bus, she knew it was going to be “that kind” of day. Ashleigh was mad and yelling in the faces of the other children. Mary watched her push her way through the hallway,...
Author: Lori Rakes & Audra Parker
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