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Can Fantasy Football Boost Teacher Morale?

Can Fantasy Football Boost Teacher Morale?

At a middle school in Texas, a fantasy football league was a win for the entire school.

Finding simple ways to boost teacher morale on a limited budget isn't easy. Surprisingly, fantasy football or another similar competitive multi-person activity might be the answer. The Fantasy Sports Trade...
Author: Scott Ryan, Kaye Shelton
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College and Career Readiness for Special Needs Students

College and Career Readiness for Special Needs Students

Middle school teachers can change widespread "no-way" attitudes to "never-the-less" attitudes.

Thinking about career and college readiness for a sixth grader is a little too soon for some teachers and parents. As a parent, I felt hard-pressed to decide the future for my son when he entered the middle grades. He...
Author: Linda K. Schlosser
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Teaching Students Responsibility

For as long as humans have lived on Earth, generations of adults have bemoaned the lack of due diligence in the upcoming generation: "They're indifferent and don't work hard," they declare. "We have to teach them...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Going Online to Improve Student Achievement

Going Online to Improve Student Achievement

Leveraging technology helped get students back into class and on track.

In a perfect world, school districts would be able to purchase and implement as many resources and as much technology as necessary to help students achieve. However, factors such as budgets and staffing often get in...
Author: Mary Slaughter, Connie Shubert, Brenda Dix
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EdCamp: Do It Yourself Professional Development

EdCamp: Do It Yourself Professional Development

The unconference is targeted, personalized professional development at its best.

It's three o'clock in the afternoon on a contractually required professional development meeting day and teachers are beginning to shuffle into a session offered by their school district. The presenter is passionate...
Author: Brian Cook
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Prep-Once Activities

Prep-Once Activities

Bust worksheets and lectures with these activities you can reuse many times over.

We've all experienced it—you look up from your lesson to notice a virus spreading among your students. First one, then three, and before long, the whole class is overtaken. It's a zombie virus ... the virus of...
Author: Katie Powell
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Topics: Teaching

"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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