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You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

Four questions to consider when communicating with parents

Schools and school systems have to work hard to balance the needs of creating student-centered learning environments, leading efforts to shift teacher mindsets and skills, and understanding and implementing efforts to...
Author: Derek L. McCoy, Norman Edwards
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Bullying: What's Your Story and So What?

Bullying: What's Your Story and So What?

4 Ideas to Consider 4 Change

Why does bullying have such a powerful link to the middle grades? How do we begin to unravel this one? I think understanding bullying and why it has such a powerful link to the middle grades starts by reflecting on...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Leadership
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Are You Brave for the Middle Grades?

Are You Brave for the Middle Grades?

Your Altitude is Connected to Your Attitude

What does it mean to be brave? Bravery has many different connotations in the middle grades. First, as most of us who work with young adolescents know, if you go to any party, picnic, or public place and tell people...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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On to the Letter B: Can We Just Let it Be?

On to the Letter B: Can We Just Let it Be?

What Do You Accept and Expect in the Middle Grades?

We’ve worked our way through the letters R and O since we started in September with this blog, and we’ve examined words that fit into the fabric of middle level education. Feeling good? Feeling...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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What's Your Odyssey?

What's Your Odyssey?

Supporting everyone in the middle grades isn't easy, but it's worth it.

Today's word is odyssey—so here's a quick Cliffs Notes review. In Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus navigates his way home through punishing seas, tempestuous storms, and loathsome...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Oops! Did I Do That?

Oops! Did I Do That?

Celebrating Error is Essential

Oops. The familiar adage that we hear about making mistakes is that “to err is human.” It is part of the process of learning and growing. In order to walk, we first had to stumble and fall. In order to...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Inspiration
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Movies and Math Help Make Global Connections

Movies and Math Help Make Global Connections

Mathematics is a truly universal language and by its very nature is enriched by, and historically grew because of, the contributions of scholars from around the world, from the Greeks, the Arabs, the Hindus and the...
Author: Alessandra King
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Holiday Volunteer Projects for Middle Level Students

Holiday Volunteer Projects for Middle Level Students

'Tis the season! With Thanksgiving and the winter holidays around the corner, it's a good time to get middle level students thinking beyond their own holiday wish list to consider how they can make someone else's...
Author: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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The Power of Observation in the Middle Grades!

The Power of Observation in the Middle Grades!

3 Reasons Why Observation is the Key

Observation is more than evaluation, especially in the middle level. Living and working in the middle grades means that we are constantly observing. From a literacy perspective, this means we are always analyzing...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Transitioning Young Adolescents from Elementary to Middle School

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Middle school can be an exciting and terrifying time for students transitioning from elementary to middle school. By definition, transition means the change from one place, state of being, or condition to another...
Author: Casey Dianna Gilewski, Monica L. Nunn
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