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Why Connect? A Connected Educator's Story

Why Connect? A Connected Educator's Story

When I talk to colleagues about being a “connected” educator, the first response is often “I don’t have time!” followed by “Why? What’s in it for me?” I can relate....
Author: Todd Bloch
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Looping

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The complexity and magnitude of changes young adolescents experience during the middle school years are profound. Providing them with a learning environment that fosters the development of meaningful relationships is...
Author: Nicole L. Thompson, Dana Pomykal Franz, Nicole C. Miller
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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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Building Teacher Collaboration School-wide

Building Teacher Collaboration School-wide

Models for teacher collaboration are ineffective without true participation.

Teacher collaboration has been a common element of middle grades initiatives for years, typically one or more of these three organizational models: common planning time, professional learning communities, and critical...
Author: Micki M. Caskey, Jan Carpenter
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Empathetic Consciousness

­­If there is one adolescent trait that I value and quite frankly bet on every time, it is that adolescents are among the most resilient creatures on earth. This resilience is catalytic in their growth, and in helping...
Author: Jeffrey Rothstein
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The Neighborhood STEM School: Creating a Better World

The Neighborhood STEM School: Creating a Better World

How will you make the world better? This question challenges every member of the Preston Middle School community and serves as the foundation for everything we do. Preston Middle School is a school of science,...
Author: Tracey Winey and John Howe
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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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Manipulatives in Middle Grades Mathematics

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Current research on the use of manipulatives in the middle grades is not as extensive as research on manipulative use in the elementary grades and with students with disabilities (Cobb, 1995; Driscoll, 1980; Sowell,...
Author: Dianne Goldsby
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A Strong Commitment to Student Success

In December 2007, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools in Michigan faced a dilemma: how to revise the 30-year-old pre-referral process that identified students for special education services. The old process—Student...
Author: Lora E. Stout, Carol-Lyn McKelvey, and Susan Matz
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Building and Bragging: Celebrating Your Middle School

Developing relationships with parents and community members is critical to building support for your school. But mailing home a newsletter and making an occasional call to a media outlet isn't nearly enough. Educators...
Author: Randy Jensen
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