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Previewing Life as a Middle Grades Teacher

Previewing Life as a Middle Grades Teacher

Before they ever step into their very own classroom, middle school educators should have a realistic picture of the characteristics that make up effective middle level education and the unique qualities of young...
Author: Gahan Bailey
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New Perspectives on Student Engagement

New Perspectives on Student Engagement

Do you remember Judith Viorst's story about Alexander, who had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? For some middle school students, each day of the school year is an Alexander kind of day as defeat after...
Author: James Hall
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How to Tweet with Intent

Social media use in the classroom helps us meet students where they are and connect with them in a meaningful way. Social media technology can motivate students while teaching them crucial 21st century skills and...
Author: Jennifer Armstrong, Stacie Pettit
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Babysitting: Benefits Inside and Outside the Classroom

Babysitting: Benefits Inside and Outside the Classroom

Middle school is a transition time for tweens and young teens who may be ready to move on from elementary school but still have much to learn about responsibility and self-reliance. Guiding students toward these...
Author: Grant Hansen
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Five Must-Have Components of Active Learning Environments

Five Must-Have Components of Active Learning Environments

As educators, we are constantly battling the pressures to bolster test scores, give more time and resources, and stay up to speed with new technologies and teaching methods, all while providing a comprehensive...
Author: Pam Powers
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Teach Like You Tweet!

We can never underestimate the power of belonging and relationships. As middle level educators, we know the correlation between establishing relationships and student achievement, but have we considered the need to...
Author: Brent Armstrong, Susanne Long
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Topics: Teaching

It's About Time ... Again

Through the years, one of the most consistently popular topics I’ve addressed in presentations and in publications is time. As educators’ list of must-dos grows, their time to do what they signed on to...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
5 Strategies for Promoting College and Career Readiness

5 Strategies for Promoting College and Career Readiness

Getting students ready for their future is important—and fun.

To most of our middle level students, college and careers seem light-years away. But we old codgers (meaning anyone not in their teens) sense with much trepidation how close our students are to their graduation....
Author: Dave Stuart, Jr.
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Topics: Teaching
This We Believe and the Common Core

This We Believe and the Common Core

How closely do the tenets of This We Believe align with Common Core ELA standards?

How is adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) affecting middle school instruction? At a meeting with teachers and principals from an array of schools honored with the Schools to Watch designation,...
Author: Nance S. Wilson, Laurie A. Ramirez, Carla K. Meyer
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Middle Level Teacher Preparation and Certification/Licensure

Widespread consensus exists among researchers, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders that the quality of teachers is one of the most salient school-related factors influencing student achievement (McCabe,...
Author: AMLE
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