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Perseverance and Grit

In every country in the world, we elevate those who endure, especially against overwhelming odds. We exalt politician William Wilberforce, who led a challenging campaign to end all slavery in the British empire. We...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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What's Best for Kids? Tips for Parents

The first tip is thinking ahead... One of our best tools as parents is being prepared. As your son or daughter gets to the middle school years, get ready for at least occasional conflicts. Think through what is truly...
Author: Judith Baenen
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How Rich Is Your Classroom Discourse?

How Rich Is Your Classroom Discourse?

Effective class discussions focus on critical thinking rather than right answers.

You ask the students, “What is the main idea of the passage?” Joseph responds, “Always persevere,” to which you reply, “Very good, Joseph.” In the average classroom, as much as...
Author: Jelani Jabari
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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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Middle Level Interscholastic Sports Programs

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Introduction What is the proper role of middle level interscholastic sports competition? This continues to be a perplexing question for administrators and other stakeholders who are responsible for the health and...
Author: C. Kenneth McEwin, John Swaim
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Help Students Transition to High School Smoothly

The move from middle to high school stirs up many emotions for young adolescents, ranging from excitement and anticipation to fear and anxiety. It is natural for students to have numerous concerns related to the...
Author: Cheryl R. Ellerbrock
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Encouraging Students to Embrace Academic Challenges

Encouraging Students to Embrace Academic Challenges

As I introduced a new geometry topic to my sixth grade class, one of my students immediately reacted to my mention of a new skill—classification of solid figures—by blurting out, “Again? We know...
Author: Sandra Vorensky
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How to Be a Legendary Teacher

How to Be a Legendary Teacher

Can you imagine teaching middle grades students for more than four decades? As a middle school principal, I had the opportunity to work with just such a teacher. Barry Krizan taught three generations of our...
Author: Roger Chamberlain
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Teaching Student Leadership in an Inner-City School

Leadership training for youth is an investment in our present and future. Yet providing effective training can be challenging in terms of time and curriculum—especially in high-poverty communities, as we...
Author: Joél Lewis, Monica Hunter, and André Green
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Maximizing Counselor Involvement in a School-wide Approach to Student Success

Maximizing Counselor Involvement in a School-wide Approach to Student Success

When you think about guidance counselors, do these words come to mind: isolated, unaccountable, uninvolved, inaccessible, or out of touch? Counselors can have the reputation of being reactive crisis workers who...
Author: Rebecca Bloom, Jennifer Goodstein, and Erika Huck
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