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Transitioning Young Adolescents from Elementary to Middle School

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Middle school can be an exciting and terrifying time for students transitioning from elementary to middle school. By definition, transition means the change from one place, state of being, or condition to another...
Author: Casey Dianna Gilewski, Monica L. Nunn
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Addressing Writer's Block Through Physical Movement

Addressing Writer's Block Through Physical Movement

Encouraging student thinking and writing with opportunities for movement.

Almost all students will experience writer's block at one time or another. Helping them work through this common experience with the use of physical activity may add success to the writing process for all students....
Author: John Helgeson
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Effective Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners

Effective Instructional Practices for Diverse Learners

Using popular culture resources to engage learners.

Middle level teachers can make learning engaging by using popular culture texts. When faced with the challenge of engaging students, many teachers often struggle to create relevant learning experiences while also...
Author: Crystal LaVoulle
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Food for Thought: Creating Educational Experiences

Creating an educational experience for young adolescents is a demanding and rewarding experience. As this column continues to suggest, it is an artful, savory labor founded on a shared understanding in which many...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Joy in Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program

Joy in Reading: A Middle School Literacy Enrichment Program

A middle school community intentionally creates opportunities and experiences for all students to develop a love for reading.

Only two remain. The girl and boy glance earnestly about as the votes are cast. One by one, the members present their decision to their leader. Once the elder finalizes the count, the group roars as the victor is...
Author: Kimberly Cockley
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20 Literacy Strategies for Engaging the Middle Level Brain

20 Literacy Strategies for Engaging the Middle Level Brain

Effective ways to enhance reading and writing experiences.

Recently, I was teaching a language arts class in Logan, West Virginia. The objective of the lesson was to analyze the impact of tradition on human behavior using narrative text. Sounds really dull, doesn't it? It...
Author: Marcia L. Tate
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Derailing "IDK"

Derailing "IDK"

Helping students articulate questions and uncertainties.

I have never been in a train wreck, but I have been in chaos created during a class discussion when a student sullenly mumbles, "I don't know." Lesson derailment! Disastrous emotional derailment! Let's investigate the...
Author: Rebecca Kordatzky
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The Three-Legged Stool of Organization

The Three-Legged Stool of Organization

Practical strategies to organize your mind, your life, and your workspace.

The three-legged stool embodies stability and simplicity. In the busy world of middle-level education, our time is finite yet the demands on it seem unlimited. Technology places countless resources at our fingertips,...
Author: Frank Buck
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Mathematics and Science in Middle Level Classrooms

Mathematics and Science in Middle Level Classrooms

Integrating disciplines to encourage exploration and discovery.

AMLE's This We Believe calls for teachers to be engaged in active, purposeful learning in which students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful questions, formulate conjectures and hypotheses, and explore...
Author: Devin M. Levin, Elizabeth Fleming, Carolina Napp-Avelli, Amber Storer
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Turning Apathy into Aspirations

Turning Apathy into Aspirations

Using project-based learning to develop relationships and establish relevance.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) has changed my life, but the changes I have seen in young people is the reason I am spreading the love. Skyler was the student that you knew was able to succeed academically and pass...
Author: Ryan Steuer
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