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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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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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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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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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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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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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Integrating Curriculum for Meaningful Learning

Integrating Curriculum for Meaningful Learning

In most schools, integrated curriculum is more a hit-and-miss practice than a full-scale, all-out commitment. To accomplish the goal of ensuring that “all teachers can identify the connections among ideas and...
Author: Sue B. Vansant
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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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