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Be Irresistible

So if teaching in middle school is not about popularity, what is it that makes students what I call “pickers and choosers”? They go into one room and are well-behaved and on target; in other rooms a whole...
Author: Elyse S Scott
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Topics: Teaching
Necessary Noise: The Importance of Collaborative Learning

Necessary Noise: The Importance of Collaborative Learning

An old-fashioned radio broadcast encourages deeper reading.

Connections between students, connections between texts and students, and connections between texts and the real world are vital to student learning. In classrooms, one way to make connections is by linking people,...
How I Won the Grading Game

How I Won the Grading Game

One single event can change teaching forever.

With more than two decades of experience, I have seen my share of the unusual, but one event in one eighth grade class forever changed the way I think about instruction and grading. It lead me on a personal and...
Author: Theresa Heilsberg
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Topics: Teaching

Differentiating Student Leadership

Many of us have unwaveringly embraced the philosophy of differentiation. We differentiate instruction according to student readiness, interest, and preference. But what about the other parts of a young...
Author: Jeffrey Rothstein
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Classroom Management with Voice–Movement–Task

Classroom Management with Voice–Movement–Task

Explicit expectations are a key to classroom management.

Sometimes it's the simple things that are the solution to classroom management problems. Consider the simple task of giving directions. As basic as they may be, directions are the infrastructure of a well-managed...
Author: Victoria S. Lentfer
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New Perspectives on Student Engagement

New Perspectives on Student Engagement

Do you remember Judith Viorst's story about Alexander, who had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? For some middle school students, each day of the school year is an Alexander kind of day as defeat after...
Author: James Hall
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7 Tips from 7 of the Best

7 Tips from 7 of the Best

Seven pieces of advice from seven high-performing teachers.

The seven highest-performing teachers at our school spent time reflecting about their experiences and the lessons they learned during the past year. Their reflections are compiled here into several tips for more...
Author: James Davis
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Topics: Teaching
One Text—Many Perspectives

One Text—Many Perspectives

Writing and reading "I Am" poetry through different lenses.

"Read this article about The Great Pandemic of 1918–1919 and then answer the questions on the board," the teacher directed as she handed out the printed pages. Where did the pandemic start?...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Finding a Common Language Through Relationships

Finding a Common Language Through Relationships

Establishing supportive relationships helps students truly thrive.

How effectively are we communicating with our middle school students? As a middle school counselor, I often step back and think: Am I speaking to fill the space? Is what I am saying applicable. Most important, do I...
Author: Andrea M. Salvo
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Caring for the Whole Student

Caring for the Whole Student

At Moravia Middle School, each aspect of our program is designed to meet not only our students’ unique academic needs, but their social and emotional issues as well. Our goals could only be achieved by...
Author: Bruce MacBain, Jeff Green, and Rebecca Burtram
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