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Lunchroom Lessons for Leaders

In the midst of a busy morning arrival time, a few middle school students greeted me as I walked through the crowded hallway toward the room in which my meeting was being held. "Sup Dr. W. Are you coming to our...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Differentiating Structure, Not Content

Differentiating Structure, Not Content

Changing the classroom structure can be as effective as differentiating content.

Konawaena Middle School was created as a school within a high school to meet the unique needs of the early adolescents. One of the outstanding features of this school is its commitment to the heterogeneous grouping of...
Author: Guy Gambone
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8 Digital Formative Assessment Tools to Improve Motivation

The silver bullet for closing the achievement gap these days seems to be formative assessment. In simple terms, formative assessment is any ongoing activity that helps teachers gain information about student...
Author: Bryan R. Drost
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Selecting Complex Texts with Intention

Selecting Complex Texts with Intention

Exploring the five plagues of complex text.

One of the most important aspects of teaching literacy in the classroom is text selection, the process by which teachers choose what their students will read. For many teachers, text selection boils down to choosing...
Author: Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, Erica Woolway
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How can I keep students in their seats and focused?

"I get tired of students interrupting instruction to go to the bathroom or to their locker because they 'forgot something.' How can I keep students in their seats and focused—or at least decrease the number of...
Author: Valerie Benjamin
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Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

One student's enthusiasm can open new doors to teaching and learning.

My son's birthday party this year was at one of those bounce house places with children hopped up on orange soda and birthday cake. In the midst of the chaos, one of the workers approached me—not with the news...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Food for Thought: Four Essential Attributes

As we joyfully create with our pedagogical whisks, ladles, and colanders, we must never lose sight of what we hope our educational meal will be. While the 16 Characteristics of Successful Schools outlined in This We...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Leadership: Three Emotional Mind Traps

Leadership: Three Emotional Mind Traps

How can you determine if your decisions are colored by emotion?

Have you ever: Made a decision that backfired? Thought that hindsight is 20/20? Wished you had made a different decision? As they share in their February 3, 2009, Harvard Business...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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World Language Education: Supporting This We Believe

World Language Education: Supporting This We Believe

World languages are an important component of effective middle level education.

Helping young adolescents become fully functioning, self-actualized persons who are prepared for college, career, and the world, means giving them multiple opportunities to collaborate within and beyond the classroom...
Author: Kelly Moser, Nicole C. Miller
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Trading Snow Days for eLearning Days

Snow Days! The kids can't wait for them…until they have to "make them up" at the end of the school year. For rural school districts, snow days are inevitable; even the most urban school districts are not...
Author: Bobby Thompson
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