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Self-Directed Learning Through Reflection

Self-Directed Learning Through Reflection

Goal setting and action plans help students become more confident learners.

It’s 1 p.m. I have just given my sixth grade science class an assignment reviewing several concepts and key vocabulary words related to energy. The students are free to use their textbooks, past assignments, and...

Perseverance and Grit

In every country in the world, we elevate those who endure, especially against overwhelming odds. We exalt politician William Wilberforce, who led a challenging campaign to end all slavery in the British empire. We...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching

The Battle over Student Engagement

I can’t claim to be a major history buff, nor can I recite all of the major battles of the European Campaign in World War II. But I have learned one important lesson from war movies such as Saving Private Ryan...
Breathe, Doggonit! Breathe! How to Revive a Dying Lesson Plan

Breathe, Doggonit! Breathe! How to Revive a Dying Lesson Plan

Three years ago, I attended an inservice session on quantum learning presented by John Parks Le Tellier, the author of Quantum Learning and Instructional Leadership in Practice. Le Tellier’s book details the...
Author: Joel E. Rowlett
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Topics: Teaching
The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

A Turtle’s Journey

During the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English conference a couple of weeks ago, I was walking around the spacious grounds of the event between sessions when I did something regretful and then noticed something...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

Sights and Sounds of Middle Level winner

Columbus (WI) Middle School students spent the first day of school with their homeroom teachers working to establish procedures getting to know one another. The most important part of the day, however, was...
Author: Paul Kurch, principal
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Habla con ellos—Talk to them: Latinas/os, achievement, and the middle grades

Moving bilingual children beyond subordinated categories toward full engagement in relevant and authentic learning that embraces their communities.

Our faculty in the Education Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte often spends time discussing issues we see within our middle grades program, including with our undergraduate teacher candidates...
Author: Spencer Salas, Jeanneine P. Jones, Theresa Perez, Paul G. Fitchett, & Scott Kissau
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Topics: ELL/ESL/ESOL
The New Look of Student Leadership

The New Look of Student Leadership

Students learn how to be leaders without having to win an election.

Posters, buttons, rally speeches, and Robert’s Rules of Order have been mainstays of school-level politics for decades. Regardless of grade level, participation is limited to those students who are willing to...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Looking at Executive Function

It was bright orange and boxy. I had used it repeatedly to "catch air," plowing over snow piles at high speed in school parking lots during the winter. Doing these stunts was safe, I reasoned: It was the family...
Caring for the Whole Student

Caring for the Whole Student

At Moravia Middle School, each aspect of our program is designed to meet not only our students’ unique academic needs, but their social and emotional issues as well. Our goals could only be achieved by...
Author: Bruce MacBain, Jeff Green, and Rebecca Burtram
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