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Culture of the Robotics Class

Culture of the Robotics Class

How an early career teacher created a culture of mutual respect and learning

After teaching sixth grade math and science my first two years, I was extremely nervous and apprehensive to become a robotics teacher. I did not study robotics in college, and I had never, ever pictured myself in this...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Topics: Teaching
A Community Council Makes Everyone a Champion

A Community Council Makes Everyone a Champion

Empowering students to self-regulate and create a positive classroom community

Growing up in rural Nebraska there were three things I knew I would take away from my upbringing: a tenacious work ethic, a strong sense of community, and an obsessive passion for Nebraska football. Legendary football...
Author: Victoria S. Lentfer
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The Hidden Benefits of Video Games, Part 2

The Hidden Benefits of Video Games, Part 2

How video games can help students develop important life skills

This is part 2 in a two-part series on the benefits of video games both in and out of the classroom. Part 1 covers practice and patience, teamwork, socializing, and leadership. Business Acumen While Monopoly may be...
Author: Clark Godshall, LaVonna Roth
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Duct Tape and Pom-Poms

Duct Tape and Pom-Poms

Engaging middle school learners in metaphoric thinking through self-expressive prompts

Everyday Leadership Object Prompt A Please take a few minutes to think about characteristics of leaders you know and respect. Then choose an object from the table that...
Author: Anita Stewart McCafferty
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The Challenge of Advisory and Why it's Worth the Effort

The Challenge of Advisory and Why it's Worth the Effort

Successful advisory programs can have significant positive impacts on student engagement

Does this sound familiar? Advisory programs? What a waste of time! Students just goof around. Advisory programs? Great idea, but who's going to put it together? I'm way too busy already. Advisory programs? What...
Author: Matt Pearsall
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How Where We're from Colors Our View of the World

How Where We're from Colors Our View of the World

Committing to our students' stories is an investment in their success

I'm a sucker for a good Taylor Swift song. As a 32-year-old middle grades educator I feel confident enough to put that in writing, especially in this venue. The weeks before I began teaching outside of Houston, Texas,...
Author: Matthew Moulton
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Engaging the Quiet Highly Capable Learners in Your Classroom

Engaging the Quiet Highly Capable Learners in Your Classroom

Exploring instructional strategies that engage introverted students

Everyone has heard the idiom, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." In our busy, sometimes hectic classrooms, our squeaky wheels—our most extroverted and outgoing learners—are most likely to attract the...
Author: Patricia Clendening Buzzerio
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Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

A teacher's guide to planning a high-interest, engaging writing project

Three years ago an eighth grade class of mine had a blog project called "Dear Terrorist" where students researched their topics and wrote letters to anyone considering (or participating in) a decision that could harm...
Author: Dominic Carrillo
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STEM Leadership Academy

STEM Leadership Academy

Bringing STEM careers to middle school students

Middle level education is currently placing an emphasis on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes into curriculums around the nation, as well as involving more students in STEM...
Author: David Paperno
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Topics: STEM
Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Offering diverse texts as well as justice-focused critiques of traditional literature

On the first day of school in Chicago, I encountered a room full of Iraqi, Nepalese, and West African refugee students. Timid, cautious, and nervous, they sat in Room 34 with visible trepidation. Someone with an equal...
Author: Alex Lacasse
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