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Getting Serious About Closing the Achievement Gap

Getting Serious About Closing the Achievement Gap

Nurturing conditions where ALL students succeed

Too many schools continue to struggle with closing the achievement gap. The No Child Left Behind legislation was supposed to change all of this, though today we still have too many students left behind. Lawmakers...
Author: Charles Beaman
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Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Using Hollywood film and sources to analyze figures in Greek mythology

There is no doubt that the use of Hollywood films in a classroom provides the students with a variety of benefits crucial to their learning and their understanding. Although movie day in a middle level classroom is...
Author: Michelle Black
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Topics: Teaching
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
Fact or Fiction: Fake News and its Impact on Education

Fact or Fiction: Fake News and its Impact on Education

How do we equip students with the tools to determine the validity of sources?

On October 30, 2016, a white supremacist Twitter account's tweet received more national recognition than expected. The tweet made claims that Hillary Clinton was at the center of a pedophilia ring. The Internet was...
Author: Anthony Golding
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Topics: Teaching

How can I help students develop the essential skills needed in the decision-making process?

This is part 3 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, social awareness, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Teaching
That Was Then, This Is Now: Gifted in the Middle

That Was Then, This Is Now: Gifted in the Middle

Committing to the challenge of addressing the needs of gifted learners

That Was Then Middle schools and their guiding philosophies were created in reaction to junior and senior high schools' lack of attention to developmental and academic needs of young adolescents. This We Believe:...
Author: Susan Rakow
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Before-Reading Preview Response

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing—writing that helps students increase their comprehension of texts in...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Tags: Reading
To Infinity and Beyond

To Infinity and Beyond

Are we asking our students to take risks that we as adults aren't willing to take?

Structure is utilized in the middle school experience to build a safe learning environment for our students. Students are placed on teams where they take classes with the same peer group, increasing their comfort...
Author: Christy Todd
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Add a Little Spice

Add a Little Spice

Ideas that energize your lessons and fuel students' desire to learn

The best compliment a teacher can ever receive from a student is when they look at you and say, "Class is over?" These three words let you know loud and clear that they were engaged, focused, and enjoying the lesson...
Author: Kim Campbell
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Topics: Teaching
Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Educators' mindsets make it possible to move a philosophy forward

What is middle school philosophy and how does it compare with or differ from a middle school mindset? A philosophy can be summarized as a system of principles used to guide one's practices; whereas a mindset can be...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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