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Beyond Cool Garb

T-shirt literacy and social justice education for diverse adolescent learners.

Graphic T-shirts have always had a special place in my life. One of my favorite pieces of clothing in my closet is an old "Schoolhouse Rock!" T-shirt. The shirt features the old PBS television show's classic logo...
Author: Rajni Shankar-Brown
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Tags: Literacy
Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Leadership Lessons to Help Middle Schools Blossom and Grow

It's finally spring—and time for blossoming, growing, flourishing, and mulch. That's right, mulch. For anyone unaware of the joys of mulch, mulch comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and you can buy it in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

In September, my seventh grade students gave me a quick social snapshot of their class. As their new school counselor, I had asked them to submit their thoughts anonymously in a box, and they didn't hold back. Their...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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The Last C Words for the Critical Middle Grades

The Last C Words for the Critical Middle Grades

Six Words to Create a Great School for Young Adolescents!

It's time for us to bid farewell to our good friend, the letter C, for the ABCs blog. Before we move to our next letter, let's take a look back at sensational, scintillating C. We've looked at the magical middle...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Inspiration
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How can I help students view differences as strengths?

Many young adolescents desire to "blend in" by hiding or shedding certain aspects of their identities due to social pressures. How can I help students view differences as strengths? This is part 2 in "Mentor Me"...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Examining the Evidence

Exploring vocabulary terms in social studies with primary sources.

The C3 Framework by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has changed the dynamics of social studies instruction. The emphasis of standards in this document is for teachers to build students' content-area...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Rebecca Bidwell
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Removing Imaginary Boundaries Around Content

Removing Imaginary Boundaries Around Content

Teacher and students benefit from an integrated curriculum.

Even though teachers work in different rooms and on different hallways, our individual subject areas should not be viewed as existing within rigid instructional walls. Middle level educators need to engage in...
Author: Jason D. DeHart, Christie DeHart
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Topics: Teaching
Conversation: Why Talking with Young Adolescents is Vital!

Conversation: Why Talking with Young Adolescents is Vital!

Walk the Walk about Talking the Talk!

Conversation is something that we often take for granted—like air. It swirls around us. We breathe it in. We listen to it as it bends and curves. Our ears hear it. However, even though it is as critical as the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

A great schedule helps both students and teachers grow and learn

Having worked as a middle school administrator and math teacher in school operations in several states and multiple schools for many years, I have seen my share of middle school schedules. As a presenter and workshop...
Author: Derek McCoy
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Cross-Content School Improvement for the Middle Grades

Cross-Content School Improvement for the Middle Grades

4 Scientific Ways to Create a Great School

One of the foundational concepts in the critical middle grades is cross-content learning. We create interdisciplinary plans and bridge curricula for a few reasons. First, we know that young adolescents learn more when...
Author: Dru Tomlin
Number of views (11466)/Comments (1)/
Topics: Curriculum
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