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"Think bigger about science": Using Twitter for learning in the middle grades

Introduction Middle level educators have a deep awareness of their students' tremendously social nature. Young adolescents yearn to be connected with their peers, whether sharing excitedly during lunch, on...
Author: Ryan Becker, Penny Bishop
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Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Bringing Real World Experiences to the Classroom

Distance learning and classroom visits spark excitement learning social studies

Making social studies come alive is a top priority when trying to engage my middle schoolers. I began this process through distance learning. Using Skype in the classroom has enabled my students to travel to places...
Author: Dan Jones
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Topics: Teaching
From Tech Meek To Tech Geek

From Tech Meek To Tech Geek

I must be honest with you. With the surge of technology resources that I am being asked to use within the classroom, I feel far from confident in my abilities. I am inclined to blame my ignorance on the fact that I...
Author: Amanda Kline
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Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Students often stop to speak to their school's resource officer (SRO) as she walks the halls of Pine Ridge Middle School in Naples, Florida. Seventh graders routinely ask Corporal Sandra Sprenger of the Collier County...
Author: Greg Richards
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Positive Contact: Redefining Parent Involvement

Ms. Jones had never had three college-educated adults visit her modest, one-room, government-subsidized apartment. Working two jobs, one at a hotel and the other as a waitress, going back to school, and being a single...
Author: Jaime Greene, Derek Voiles
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50% of the Class; 100% of the Learning

You are in the middle of a lesson and all the students are following along—except that one student who has lots of questions. The questions are good, engaging, and you can tell the student is making every effort...
Author: Ryan Fuderer
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Leading with the Student Voice

Leading with the Student Voice

Recently, in response to a group of middle school students who asked about my journey to becoming a school leader, I recalled my 23-year journey to being awarded my Ph.D. in 2004 and my mother's sage advice. I...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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"Several of my students have invited me to be 'friends' on Facebook, but I am nervous about communicating with them via social media. Any advice?"

As social networking continues to increase, questions about issues such as free speech rights, and even educator–student relationships increase as well. Let me start by saying that your board should have a...
Author: Charles J. Russo
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Topics: Teaching
Standards—Merely a Good Place to Start

Standards—Merely a Good Place to Start

Standards are important—but just a starting point

It used to be that the school or district leader’s answer to the fundamental question, “What are the most important things for me to teach this year?” invariably was, “Check your...
Author: Guy Gambone
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Learning About Learning in Science

Learning About Learning in Science

PBL helps students see how knowledge is acquired and built upon.

As we prepare our students for success now and in the future, we can begin by teaching them to explore and acquire knowledge, evaluate it to ensure it is sound, and share it. In his TED Talk titled A Visual History...
Author: Corey Nagle, John Pecore
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