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"Hands-Joined" Projects

"Hands-Joined" Projects

A framework for co-developing projects with teachers and students.

Ask a middle school teacher to explain why student-centered projects are a logical choice for young adolescents and you are bound to hear about the numerous ways in which these projects provide students with...
Author: Jessica Demink-Carthew, Jeremy DeMink
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How do I help students develop the ability to engage in self-assessment? What can we do?

A teacher's ability to facilitate self-assessment and student reflection on (independent of you) is essential during the middle grades years. Self-assessment is a student's ability to check and understand his or her...
Author: Kristie Smith
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Is It Working in Your Middle School?

The following is an excerpt from the newly released book titled Is It Working in Your Middle School? I highly encourage any middle level educator to access the book and use it as tool for ensuring the success of any...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Topics: Leadership

Classroom Tech for Learning Checks

In its keys for educating young adolescents, AMLE calls for educators to use a variety of assessments in an effort to both advance and measure student learning. Daily, teachers are using assessment to guide...
Author: Kristie Smith, Kristina N. Falbe
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Doing What's Best for Students

What's best for students? I hear this question repeatedly in schools, yet day-to-day responsibilities often seems to get in the way of answering and fulfilling this promise. Best practices tell us that the more...
Author: Liz James
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Topics: Teaching
Picture Perfect: 3 Steps to School Improvement

Picture Perfect: 3 Steps to School Improvement

Openness Media Connection

Here is an interdisciplinary, photographic connection to this week's blog about Openness. Enjoy the savory delights! Parking lots, with all of their lines and divisions, attempt to bring order to the world of...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Leadership
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Creating Makers, Not Spaces

Creating Makers, Not Spaces

Move the desks out of the way, pull up a piece of rug, and invent something using the engineering process and leftover parts. Just like anything else, the Internet provides a plethora of ideas to define and design...
Author: Frank Pileiro, Frank Rudnesky, Peter Davis
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ABCs of the Letter O in the Middle Grades: Openness

ABCs of the Letter O in the Middle Grades: Openness

O My!

Welcome back to the middle grades parade through the alphabet. Don't you feel proud that you made it through letter R? You should. And, once again, because young adolescents are rarely linear in nature, we're going...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Helping Students Become a Better Version of Themselves

Helping Students Become a Better Version of Themselves

As a family and consumer science teacher at the middle school level, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program lessons seem to blend seamlessly into my curriculum. Some of the major units of family and consumer...
Author: Allison Silverman
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How Middle Level Students Were Inspired to Give Back

How Middle Level Students Were Inspired to Give Back

Some start because of something they saw on TV. Others are moved by the challenge facing a loved one, or one they're facing themselves. Over the past 21 years, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has heard...
Author: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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