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Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

One student's enthusiasm can open new doors to teaching and learning.

My son's birthday party this year was at one of those bounce house places with children hopped up on orange soda and birthday cake. In the midst of the chaos, one of the workers approached me—not with the news...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Why Awaken the Middle School Voice?

Why Awaken the Middle School Voice?

Middle school voices are not always what their teachers want to hear. Those voices can be high-pitched and rowdy, full of criticism and negativity, whining with complaint, or bent on distracting others, destroying...
Author: Elyse S. Scott
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Teach Like You Tweet!

We can never underestimate the power of belonging and relationships. As middle level educators, we know the correlation between establishing relationships and student achievement, but have we considered the need to...
Author: Brent Armstrong, Susanne Long
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Topics: Teaching
The Apprenticeship Approach

The Apprenticeship Approach

Tailor-made for the Middle Grades

The middle grades are notoriously challenging for youth. This is the period when some students can start to disengage. Gallup conducts an annual poll of students that measures, as they categorize it, their hope,...
Author: Jason Cascarino
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Topics: Teaching
Engineering Brighter Futures

Engineering Brighter Futures

An after-school program that heightens students' curiosity about STEM and makes learning fun

Every day after school, in the 9 Dots Community Learning Center (named for the 3x3 puzzle that challenges one to think outside the box) in Los Angeles, underserved middle school and elementary students are defining...
Author: Laura Staich
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Parent-Teacher Communication, Student Engagement, and Math

Parent-Teacher Communication, Student Engagement, and Math

Parental involvement is critical to student engagement and achievement.

Accountability is a powerful motivator in business and in education. As a teacher who often is in contact with my students' parents, I have always believed that accountability encourages parents to become more...
Author: Greg M. Benson
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Creating Makers, Not Spaces

Creating Makers, Not Spaces

Move the desks out of the way, pull up a piece of rug, and invent something using the engineering process and leftover parts. Just like anything else, the Internet provides a plethora of ideas to define and design...
Author: Frank Pileiro, Frank Rudnesky, Peter Davis
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Portrait of a Teacher Hero

Portrait of a Teacher Hero

What kind of teacher can compel 60 middle school students to read an entire book about salt?

On a snowy Saturday at around 9:00 a.m., a stream of young adolescents straggles into a Barnes & Noble book store. At this early hour, they are the only customers. Some walk in with their parents; others are...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Topics: Teaching

Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program

Students develop as leaders and advocates for positive change.

In 2012, I incorporated the Lead2Feed Student Leadership program into my classes because of its focus on leadership and service learning. In 2016, I decided to use Lead2Feed as the curriculum during our enrichment...
Author: Suzie Melton
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Increasing Participation through Random Calling

Increasing Participation through Random Calling

How can we encourage reluctant students to participate without humiliating them?

Every teacher has students who never participate unless called upon. And while randomly calling on students to respond, instead of taking volunteers, can dramatically increase both attention and participation, it can...
Author: Grace Dearborn
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Topics: Teaching
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