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Engaging Girls in STEM

Engaging Girls in STEM

Three things middle level educators can do to encourage more girls to engage in STEM

The movie Hidden Figures, the story of four African American women working at NASA in the 1960s, has reinvigorated the role of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers. Although women comprise...
Author: Sonya Hayes
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The Choice to Teach Abroad

The Choice to Teach Abroad

Teaching overseas offers opportunity, adventure, and professional and personal growth

In the summer prior to entering middle school, I dove deep into the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. On page 11, as commander of a spaceship, I chose to put up the energy propulsion shields to try to escape a...
Author: Alex Dailey
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The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?

The faculty lounge crackles with disagreements about the new grading policies suggested by the standards-based grading committee. The English department debates whether or not grammar proficiency is a requisite for...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Creating Independent Readers

Creating Independent Readers

Independent reading assignments do not make students independent readers. Here are ways you can foster students on the journey to being independent readers

The words "independent reading" should bring celebration, right? Somehow, a confluence of amazing events has occurred that has brought a student to a point in life where she is reading! However, indulge me on the...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Tags: Reading
Literacy Tools Smooth the Ups and Downs

Literacy Tools Smooth the Ups and Downs

10 ways to develop middle schooler's social-emotional skills

Hanna's adoption was never a secret. It was a fact of life, like her black hair and her fear of spiders. She didn't give it a lot of thought until she turned 13. At the beginning of seventh grade, she desperately...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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During Reading Response: Double-Entry Journals

During Reading Response: Double-Entry Journals

This technique encourages students to read closely and discover and record text evidence

Much of the writing we assign students is public writing: writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts in all disciplines. In a...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Students Make a Difference: Community Collaboration in Action

Students Make a Difference: Community Collaboration in Action

Project Based Learning that takes advantage of student voice, choice, and creativity

What would middle schoolers call a "Shark Tank" style competition about the national parks? "Park Tank" of course! Last spring, seventh grade students from Hudson Middle School in northeastern Ohio presented their...
Author: Kimberly Cockley
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Topics: Teaching
Collaboration: The Missing Standard

Collaboration: The Missing Standard

Putting standards in place for collaboration to prepare students for the workplace

Collaboration. The buzzword that gets crowned as one of the most important student skills. It has emerged as one of the major components of 21st century learning. The idea of collaboration is far from new, and the...
Author: Andy Landburg
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Building Bridges to the Past

Building Bridges to the Past

Oral history project engages students and builds family and community connections

Using a microfilm machine for the first time… Watching a local news broadcast from the mid-nineties about the Blizzard of '93... Holding an authentic newspaper from 1941… Facetiming across the Pacific...
Author: Joe Welch, Vicki Truchan
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Efficient vs. Effective Environments: Testing the Testing Environment

Efficient vs. Effective Environments: Testing the Testing Environment

Where students take a test can make a difference in their ability to perform

"I didn't do very well in the library, I was distracted," one of my sixth grade students told me a few days after completing a math progress monitoring test in the school library. An uncomfortable testing environment...
Author: Katie Houdek
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Topics: Assessment

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