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Join the Crowd: Building a PLN

The phrase "Teachers work in isolation," has long been used to describe the working conditions of educational professionals, including most middle level teachers. Educators have found ways to solve this problem by...
Author: Christopher S. Weiler
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Discovering Treasure: Adapting Instructional Strategies to Meet Student Needs

Discovering Treasure: Adapting Instructional Strategies to Meet Student Needs

Understanding student needs is only part of the teaching expedition.

I started the group discussion with what I believed to be a rather easy question: "How does the article, 'Rise of the Machines,' connect with your life experiences?" After all, students interact with technology each...
Author: Shelby Notbohm
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GPS for Test Prep: Which Route Do You Take?

GPS for Test Prep: Which Route Do You Take?

Effective test prep means understanding the test as well as the content.

"Assuming that the street is level, what should you do after you have finished parallel parking in a space between two other cars?" This is a practice question on the New York State DMV website for the written...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Assessment
Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Why tracking based on ability means everyone loses.

Let's say we have two soccer teams. One is populated by all of the strongest, fastest, toughest, athletic students. These kids attend practice every day after school and work out on their own in the evenings and on...
Author: Krista Venza, Nancy Doda, Robert Salladino, Jonathan Treese
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A Global Awareness Collaboration Across Disciplines

Teaching students broader concepts using an interdisciplinary approach promotes more authentic experiences and broader learning. Laura Duerr, author of the Spring 2008 Educational Horizons article, "Interdisciplinary...
Author: Pooja Patel, Kevin Toledo
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Beyond Once Upon a Time: Using Stories to Teach Key Concepts

Beyond Once Upon a Time: Using Stories to Teach Key Concepts

Storytelling brings facts to life and triggers memory and emotion.

Close your eyes and remember a story you were told as a child. How old were you? Can you remember the story now? Do you remember how you felt? Did you laugh? Did you cry? Did it make you angry? Stories stick. They...
Author: Cherry Watts
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Topics: Teaching
When I Call Your Name … Encouraging Students to Do Their Homework

When I Call Your Name … Encouraging Students to Do Their Homework

The element of surprise can go a long way in the classroom.

"We had homework?" I cringed every time I heard that question as students entered my classroom that first year. Even today, I view homework as a somewhat controversial topic: Is it beneficial? Do students...
Author: Emily Deforest
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Topics: Teaching
Tags: Homework
Getting Students Excited About College

Getting Students Excited About College

Middle school is not too early to encourage students to dream big.

College is a place where students’ minds grow and flourish and where they see the wide range of possibilities before them. However, some students never have the opportunity or the interest in pursuing all that...
Author: Brian Cook, Jolene South
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Topics: Teaching
Ensuring Valid, Effective, Rigorous Assessments

Ensuring Valid, Effective, Rigorous Assessments

How can you ensure your assessments provide accurate feedback?

What's the best way to assess students' learning? During the past several years, we have developed a process that help us ensure we are using valid, effective, and rigorous assessments with our students—a...
Author: Nimisha H. Patel, David L. Herick
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Topics: Assessment

How can I offer language support to the English Language Learners in my classroom if I don't speak their native language?

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to support ELL students’ language acquisition by adapting strategies already in use. These small things may make a big difference to ELLs. Here are a few ideas. 1. Create...
Author: Kristina Robertson
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Topics: ELL/ESL/ESOL
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