Why we should give full credit for assignments not turned in on time
Every day 200 students file into my language arts classroom. When I give a writing assignment, spending just five minutes commenting on each paper is a 1000 minute –or 16 hour—investment. That is for just...
The social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs of middle schoolers
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) emphasizes that attending to the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs and assets of middle school children is central to their intellectual development....
A middle school-collegiate mentoring partnership that benefits everyone
Intergenerational mentoring is an effective strategy to prepare students to become college and career ready. CAMP (Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program) Osprey provides an innovative leadership mentoring program...
Benefits of quick access to working memory and 25 memorization techniques
In a world in which we can always look things up, memorization still matters. Depending on the situation, engagement, meaning, progress, expediency, and safety are increased significantly if participants have the...
Watching for even the small details can create a responsive culture that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of students
I bet you didn't know that you signed up to be a triage nurse now did you? Meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of middle school students is a lot like working the triage desk in a busy hospital. The...
10 ways schools can improve workplace satisfaction
Maggie, a seventh grade English teacher, was intrigued by one of the items listed in her school auction catalogue. A family had donated a week at their vacation home in Arizona, and she raised her hand to make a bid....
Scaffolding writing-to-learn by teaching reader response strategies before, during, and after reading
Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase their comprehension of texts in all...
National Spread the Word to End the Word Day is March 7, 2018
For middle school students, each day is stacked with challenges—from dealing with physical and emotional development to navigating friendships and social situations, all while transitioning from elementary...
Eight ways for teachers to balance work, life, and wellness
Balancing work, life, and wellness are difficult for everyone in every profession; however, for educators, that balance can be even more challenging. As a teacher, you are often pulled in many directions and need to...
Four ideas to encourage middle schoolers to choose kindness
In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on intentionally fostering kindness and practicing peer respect. We don't want youth to simply not do the wrong thing, but do what is right instead—treat their...