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A Middle School Orientation Gets an Upgrade

A Middle School Orientation Gets an Upgrade

Designing an orientation for, not about, incoming students.

Every fall, right before the start of school, students from preschool through college attend some sort of school orientation. Orientations provide an overview of what to expect in a new school, including all the...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Student Reflection:  A Tool for Growth and Development

Student Reflection: A Tool for Growth and Development

Weekly reflections guide teaching and learning.

Reflect is what educators do. College professors give value to reflecting on pedagogical practice. Administrators expect us to reflect on our practice in instructional evaluations. Inservice instructors ask us to...
Author: Brooke B. Eisenbach
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Pick Me! Pick Me! Experimenting with Discussion Interventions

Pick Me! Pick Me! Experimenting with Discussion Interventions

Creating a balance during classroom discussions.

"Fine! Don't call on me!" My student was obviously upset. I hadn't called on him during the entire lesson. I wasn't trying to be mean or purposely picking on him. I was experimenting with different lesson...
Author: Jared Anderson
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Topics: Teaching

Leveling Up in a Gamified Classroom

Our students, like all students, don't always do what they are supposed to do. Sometimes they talk when they should be listening. Sometimes they don't read directions. Sometimes they have trouble working together in a...
Author: Ashley Fulks, Becca Lord
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Join the Crowd: Building a PLN

The phrase "Teachers work in isolation," has long been used to describe the working conditions of educational professionals, including most middle level teachers. Educators have found ways to solve this problem by...
Author: Christopher S. Weiler
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Discovering Treasure: Adapting Instructional Strategies to Meet Student Needs

Discovering Treasure: Adapting Instructional Strategies to Meet Student Needs

Understanding student needs is only part of the teaching expedition.

I started the group discussion with what I believed to be a rather easy question: "How does the article, 'Rise of the Machines,' connect with your life experiences?" After all, students interact with technology each...
Author: Shelby Notbohm
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GPS for Test Prep: Which Route Do You Take?

GPS for Test Prep: Which Route Do You Take?

Effective test prep means understanding the test as well as the content.

"Assuming that the street is level, what should you do after you have finished parallel parking in a space between two other cars?" This is a practice question on the New York State DMV website for the written...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Assessment
Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Why tracking based on ability means everyone loses.

Let's say we have two soccer teams. One is populated by all of the strongest, fastest, toughest, athletic students. These kids attend practice every day after school and work out on their own in the evenings and on...
Author: Krista Venza, Nancy Doda, Robert Salladino, Jonathan Treese
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A Global Awareness Collaboration Across Disciplines

Teaching students broader concepts using an interdisciplinary approach promotes more authentic experiences and broader learning. Laura Duerr, author of the Spring 2008 Educational Horizons article, "Interdisciplinary...
Author: Pooja Patel, Kevin Toledo
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Beyond Once Upon a Time: Using Stories to Teach Key Concepts

Beyond Once Upon a Time: Using Stories to Teach Key Concepts

Storytelling brings facts to life and triggers memory and emotion.

Close your eyes and remember a story you were told as a child. How old were you? Can you remember the story now? Do you remember how you felt? Did you laugh? Did you cry? Did it make you angry? Stories stick. They...
Author: Cherry Watts
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Topics: Teaching
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