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It's a "Selfie" Thing: The Role of Artifacts in Teacher Evaluation

It's a "Selfie" Thing: The Role of Artifacts in Teacher Evaluation

Don't be afraid to document your achievements as an effective instructor.

Most teachers have stood before a hiring committee with a portfolio of their "bests" awkwardly balanced between a table and hip while trying to make eye contact, ignore their own creaking dress shoes, and, of course,...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Teaching
Courageous Conversations for Cowards

Courageous Conversations for Cowards

Stop avoiding uncomfortable conversations. Put out an SOS.

This is the information generation. Information about everyone and everything is at our fingertips. New social media sites are created almost daily. Although it seems like we communicate all the time, more often than...
Author: Deborah R. Higdon, Carrie L. Reed
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It Takes a Village: Rethinking How We Engage Families

It Takes a Village: Rethinking How We Engage Families

A fall festival reaches out to involve parents and the community.

Middle school is a period of transition and a critical phase of growth and development; therefore, a welcoming, positive learning environment in which students enjoy school and make positive connections with others is...
Author: Selena Blankenship, Meagan Nix, Gayle Andrews, Kathy Thompson
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Principles First

Principles First

Effective teachers strive to make their actions reflect their principles.

The afternoon is a rush of activity. Your mind is on hyper switch-tasking mode, denying the growing reality that you'll never get it all done. On the way to the school office to pick up your mail, grab your lunch bag...
Author: Rick Wormeli
Number of views (4480)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
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
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