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Bring Passion to Your Class

Bring Passion to Your Class

The benefit of 20% Time or Genius Hour for middle schoolers

In my first year of teaching, I was actively looking for new ways to renew my students' excitement for learning. My search led me to Google's 20% Time initiative, where employees are given 20% of their working time to...
Author: Kathryn Nieves
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Is it About Their Future or Your Past?

Is it About Their Future or Your Past?

Creating great experiences that prepare students to be ready for whatever the future brings

I'm an 80s kid. I was born in 1977 and spent the bulk of my childhood in the greatest decade ever. I wore knee high striped socks with my short shorts. I listened to Michael Jackson, Tiffany, and Guns and Roses. My...
Author: David M. Schmittou
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Student Agency

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A typical middle school classroom includes young adolescents with a range of skills, interests, abilities, and personalities. One student may relate any topic of study to a favorite sport or video game. Another...
Author: Amanda Wall, Dixie Massey, Margaret Vaughn
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Teaching Failure

Teaching Failure

How learning to fail can produce the biggest gains in life

We absolutely love walking into kindergarten classrooms. There is a richness in colors that cover the walls, activities, and learning stations can be found scattered across the room, and let's face it, those cubbies...
Author: Miguel Gomez, Kalyn Niehoff
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What Does It Mean?

What Does It Mean?

Promoting divergent thinking with digital storytelling

Imagine a photo of the Grand Canyon, jagged peaks under a summer sky. In the foreground, a father holds a round-bellied little girl in a yellow shirt and sandals. Feet dangling, the girl stares at his collar, while he...
Author: Denice Turner
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There's an Epidemic Spreading

There's an Epidemic Spreading

How schools can help students understand the risks of vaping

A current United States Food and Drug Administration public service announcement starts with "There's an epidemic spreading…" The ad goes on to provide a visual representation of how smoking e-cigarettes...
Author: Greg Taranto
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No More Assemblies

No More Assemblies

How to make engaging with outside professionals count

An exploding mixture! A cloud in a bottle! Every student's hand in the air to volunteer. Everyone's laughing. Sounds like an educator's dream. But when the dust (or simulated volcano) settles, it is often difficult to...
Author: Vanessa Scanfeld, Vincent Dotoli
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Scary Good Middle School Social Studies

Scary Good Middle School Social Studies

Classroom activities that inspire student engagement with social studies content

Best practices in social studies education have changed significantly over the last six years. With the release of the Common Core State Standards and its state variations, along with the C3 Framework by the National...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough
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Three Ideas for Infusing Joy in the Classroom

Three Ideas for Infusing Joy in the Classroom

Students—and teachers—are more creative and open to learning when our classrooms are joyful

As societal pressures intensify and expectations push educators to improve achievement rates, create emotionally healthy environments, and make safety a priority, there is an increasing need to infuse joy into the...
Author: Michelle C. Hughes
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Six Things Teachers Say with Good Intentions ... But Shouldn't

Six Things Teachers Say with Good Intentions ... But Shouldn't

How we are hurting our students when assessing them

Most teachers actively root for their students to succeed. They are often more committed to student learning than the students themselves. Even with the best of intentions, teachers frequently sabotage their students'...
Author: Eric Fritz
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