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Moving Students from Passive Consumers to Active Creators

In the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, an arrogant graduate student in economics embarrasses Will Hunting's non-academic friend (Ben Affleck) by pointing out his lack of education and tries to prove his own intellectual...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
Understanding Bullying So We Can Challenge It

Understanding Bullying So We Can Challenge It

A Call to Action for Middle Grades Educators

Mark is an eleventh grade student who is active in several student activities and groups, including soccer, honor society, and the gay-straight alliance. One afternoon before soccer practice, three of Mark's male...
Author: Tabari Coleman, Emily Muskin
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Creative Ideas for Making Learning Fun

Creative Ideas for Making Learning Fun

Remember when you first thought about becoming a teacher? Remember how you thought it would be fun? When most people look back on their own educational experiences, the teachers and lessons that stand out most to...
Author: Grace Dearborn
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Topics: Teaching

The Face of Grieving: How Students Handle Death in a Digital World

I knew I would be early. It was approximately two hours prior to the start of the Soaring Ahead ceremony, our eighth-grade graduation, and I was anxious to set up the video slideshow I had created for this grand...
Author: John Priest
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Your Class and School Improvement: Plotting it Out

Your Class and School Improvement: Plotting it Out

As we begin to draw the curtain on another school year, many of us take time to rest, to reflect, and to read—books we didn’t have time to check out all year, novels that we heard about but couldn’t...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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From STEM to Full STEAM Ahead

From STEM to Full STEAM Ahead

While educating students on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) prepares students for life, it can also prepare them for college and career. It is predicted that in the next 10 years, STEM jobs will grow...
Author: Frank Rudnesky, Ed.D., Peter Davis, Frank Pileiro
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Scheduling Time for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Scheduling common planning time is vital to interdisciplinary instruction.

Professional collaboration, an integral part of the middle school concept, is a prerequisite for effective interdisciplinary instruction. When teachers have the opportunity to collaborate during the school day, they...
Author: Elliot Y. Merenbloom, Barbara A. Kalina
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Common Core Standards & Interdisciplinary Instruction

Common Core Standards & Interdisciplinary Instruction

Do Common Core Standards help or hinder interdisciplinary instruction?

Where do the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) fit into interdisciplinary instruction? Some educators contend that the CCSS encourage interdisciplinary teaching; others argue that the standards are getting in the...
Author: Michelle Schwartze, Douglas Hatch
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College and Career Ready: What It Means for Middle School Students

College and Career Ready: What It Means for Middle School Students

Helping students develop the skills they know they need to succeed.

College and career ready is the new mantra in education—it's what students must be when they leave our secondary schools. My school district, Dorchester County Public Schools in Maryland, includes the phrase as...
Author: Brian Cook
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Topics: Teaching
A Letter To My Eighth Graders

A Letter To My Eighth Graders

A teacher sends her students to high school with some words of advice.

With only a few days left with my students, I’m thinking how far they have come in their reading and writing skills this year. Their final writing assessment has actually been a pleasure to grade. But now, I...
Author: Judi Holst
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