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Freewriting Middle Grades Math

Freewriting Middle Grades Math

Incorporating writing into math helps students understand their thinking.

In the minds of middle grades learners, math and writing typically don't go together. With the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) things have changed! If you'd asked me not too long ago about the challenges of...
Author: Rebecca Stelfox
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Classroom Management with Voice–Movement–Task

Classroom Management with Voice–Movement–Task

Explicit expectations are a key to classroom management.

Sometimes it's the simple things that are the solution to classroom management problems. Consider the simple task of giving directions. As basic as they may be, directions are the infrastructure of a well-managed...
Author: Victoria S. Lentfer
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Humanities in  a STEM World

Humanities in a STEM World

Even the most technical STEM jobs require verbal and written communication skills.

John Engler, president of The Business Roundtable and former governor of Michigan, recently wrote an article for U.S. News and World Report entitled "STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future." Engler...
Author: Brittany Durkin
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Coding Is TOPS in Middle School

Coding Is TOPS in Middle School

Creating learning opportunities that promote problem solving in today's world.

One fine September morning, a class of eighth graders funneled into Angela's fourth floor classroom expecting a new logic problem, math puzzle, or challenge. But not that day. Instead, the students noticed 12 small,...
Author: Greg Taranto, Angela Marasco
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Building STEAM in Your School

Building STEAM in Your School

Turning up the heat to prepare students for the future.

At Berwick Alternative School, we began building STEAM last year—this year we're moving full STEAM ahead! Berwick, a K–8 school in Columbus, Ohio, has enjoyed a strong legacy of success; however, our...
Author: Natalie Grayson
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The effectiveness of lunch detention in middle schools.

I’ve heard mixed opinions about the effectiveness of lunch detention in middle schools. Is it appropriate and does it work? Lunch detention is not a harsh punishment, but it does provide students with...
Author: Nancy Ruppert
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Top 5 Vince Lombardi Quotes to Inspire Interdisciplinary Teaming

When you join up in the middle grades, you become part of a passionate team. You cherish the middle level playbook because, as it's stated in This We Believe, you "value young adolescents and are prepared to teach...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Creating Online Learning Environments

With a plethora of educational apps, websites, and digital learning tools flooding the educational technology market, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and disoriented. To combat this sensation of drowning, teachers can...
Author: Erica Preswood
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Confronting Our Assumptions and Biases

When my wife and I were thinking of names for our children, and yes, our dogs, they were difficult conversations. As you probably understand, some of the students I've taught through the years were particularly rough...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics Conceptually

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Understanding students' academic needs and developing curricula to address them has always been a challenge for middle level educators. Competing perspectives on academic rigor and external demands for accountability...
Author: Holly Henderson Pinter
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