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Moving from Telling Our Stories to Inviting Stories

Moving from Telling Our Stories to Inviting Stories

The importance of getting beyond writing that argues, informs, or narrates

From kindergarten through twelfth grade, students learn to make an argument, convey information, and narrate a series of events (NGA Center for Best Practices & CCSSO, 2010). Every year, it's just those three...
Author: Lauren Porosoff
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Tags: Writing
Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

Literacy as sustaining practice in every classroom

Régine recently decided to plant a flower garden. A friend, who was also a master gardener, volunteered to help. Immediately, this friend began talking about how plants create "themes" in a garden. Would...
Author: Regine Randall, Joseph Marangell
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Educating Students for the Future through a Strong Reading Program

Educating Students for the Future through a Strong Reading Program

Reading programs help identify and provide intervention for struggling readers

Most of us go into education because we care about children and about the world. We want to help our children be the best they can be and reach their fullest potential. Reading is the most basic skill that we help our...
Author: Catherine A. Sharbel, Deborah Hayes
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Tags: Reading
Preparing Students for the Transition to High School

Preparing Students for the Transition to High School

High School Week provides a safe environment for students to struggle and learn

The transition to high school is a vulnerable time. As students navigate a heavier workload and greater independence, they struggle to make the small decisions needed to stay on track, and to know when and how to ask...
Author: Vanessa Scanfeld, Sean Robertson, Leah Weintraub, Vincent Dotoli
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Exploring Web Comics

Exploring Web Comics

Examples of web comics and the implications to student readers

Some teachers may suggest that no text can replace the classics, the perennial list of books that English teachers seem to love and endearingly pass on to students year after year. However, the list of what belongs in...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Tags: Reading
Whipping Up Wonders with Co-Teaching

Whipping Up Wonders with Co-Teaching

Ideas for making co-teaching more effective in the middle grades

Co-teaching can be compared to preparing a savory meal for others. Every meal has some basic components: a chef who prepares it, ingredients, preparation time, and delivery. What makes the meal delicious, and not a...
Author: Shawn Hemminger
Number of views (1885)/Comments (0)/
Tags: Inclusion
Engaging Girls in STEM

Engaging Girls in STEM

Three things middle level educators can do to encourage more girls to engage in STEM

The movie Hidden Figures, the story of four African American women working at NASA in the 1960s, has reinvigorated the role of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers. Although women comprise...
Author: Sonya Hayes
Number of views (2491)/Comments (0)/
The Choice to Teach Abroad

The Choice to Teach Abroad

Teaching overseas offers opportunity, adventure, and professional and personal growth

In the summer prior to entering middle school, I dove deep into the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. On page 11, as commander of a spaceship, I chose to put up the energy propulsion shields to try to escape a...
Author: Alex Dailey
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The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

The Grief of Accepting New Ideas

Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?

The faculty lounge crackles with disagreements about the new grading policies suggested by the standards-based grading committee. The English department debates whether or not grammar proficiency is a requisite for...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Creating Independent Readers

Creating Independent Readers

Independent reading assignments do not make students independent readers. Here are ways you can foster students on the journey to being independent readers

The words "independent reading" should bring celebration, right? Somehow, a confluence of amazing events has occurred that has brought a student to a point in life where she is reading! However, indulge me on the...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Tags: Reading
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