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Helping Students Navigate the World of Texting

Helping Students Navigate the World of Texting

If you ask a group of students what they love about texting and what they can't stand, you'll get an earful! Texting offers some interesting challenges for middle school students as they develop and practice social...
Author: Devorah Heitner
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What are THOSE?! The Curriculum of Middle Grades Humor

What are THOSE?! The Curriculum of Middle Grades Humor

I am happy to report that middle school humor is alive and well. In fact, I think it has ticked up a couple of notches in the quality of verbal irony and social commentary since my days as a young adolescent. When I...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Power of Youth Leadership

The Power of Youth Leadership

Effective middle schools ensure all students have opportunities to lead.

Every day, millions of 10- to 15-year-old students walk through the doors of their middle schools with anticipation and great hopes for their future. Some will fall into leadership positions, but something so...
Author: Betty Edwards
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Leading Learning at  the Middle Level

Leading Learning at the Middle Level

Understanding what makes the middle level different.

As a young child, I frequently made the trip with my parents from our home in Oregon's Willamette Valley to visit relatives in a small town in Washington State. I learned at an early age to recognize that we were...
Author: Patti Kinney
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Getting to the Heart & Sole of Young Adolescent Girls

Getting to the Heart & Sole of Young Adolescent Girls

Young adolescent girls gain the skills and tools they need to reach their potential.

Neuropsychologist Dan Siegel, in his book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, describes adolescence as a time of increased elasticity in the brain. The emotive part of the adolescent brain is...

Calling for a "Timeout" on Rubrics and Grading Scales

We've been rubricizing everything students create these days: writing, reading comprehension, artwork, math problems, science labs, online practice, physical skills, collaboration, and even their degree of empathy for...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Assessment
Tags: Grades
It Takes Strong Teacher Leadership

It Takes Strong Teacher Leadership

Have you ever heard any of these comments in your middle school? Administration just doesn't have time to help all of us There is so much to be done I don't feel like I'm a part of the vision for my...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Topics: Leadership
Bringing the FUN Back to Learning

Bringing the FUN Back to Learning

Data, rigor, relevance, and standards are certainly terms that are important and vital in the world of education, but so is the FUN factor. When students feel and experience learning as fun, we know they are more...
Author: Kim Campbell
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Topics: Teaching
Embracing the Common Core: Implementing New ELA Standards

Embracing the Common Core: Implementing New ELA Standards

Implementing CCSS seemed daunting, but this school embraced the challenge.

I was at a staff meeting when I heard the news. Colorado, we were told, had adopted new state standards that were based on national Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Looking around the room, I watched my fellow...
Author: Christine Botvinick
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A Middle Years Love Story

A Middle Years Love Story

Why is it that on the news every day, they start by saying "good evening" and then proceed to tell us exactly why it isn't? Some of the most powerful statements and questions I've ever heard—like the one...
Author: Summer Howarth
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