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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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PD Cyber Café

PD Cyber Café

A challenge teachers face every school year is how to balance their want for professional growth without losing instruction time in the classroom. Often, teachers are left deciding whether to attend professional...
Author: James Brown
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Building School Community by Empowering Students

Building School Community by Empowering Students

The disruptive behavior of some students can be a top concern of middle school teachers, administrators, and parents in many schools. While time is spent considering approaches to decreasing behavioral incidents,...
Author: Stanley Pollack
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Helping Struggling Readers Succeed

“Can you airdrop that text to me so that I can paste it into ReadNRespond? I need to search for a web image that represents the main idea,” Mark says. Justin reminds him as he examines the co-constructed...
Author: Keri Ewart
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Keeping Our Feedback "On Par"

Keeping Our Feedback "On Par"

A little bit of golf can help teachers improve instruction.

I love to play golf even though I am not very good. I know I am not very good because someone a very long time ago created a scoring system that reminds me that my scores are well above average, and in golf being...
Author: David M. Schmittou
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Topics: Teaching
Is Your PLC Ready to Succeed?

Is Your PLC Ready to Succeed?

Assess your PLC's effectiveness against these five key areas.

The focus on state and national standards, high-stakes testing, and student growth has prompted schools to apply the old adage that two heads are better than one. School administrators and a few teacher leaders...
Author: Bobb Darnell
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From Prefixes to Publishing

From Prefixes to Publishing

What happens when an entire class fails a test? They reach for the stars.

56% F. That was the highest score earned on the prefixes pre-test I gave my eighth graders at the beginning of the school year. You read that right: highest score! That means they all failed! Every. Single. One of...
Author: Rashaun James
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Helping Students Understand the Rigors of Assessment Text

Helping Students Understand the Rigors of Assessment Text

When students truly understand the question, they are better able to share their knowledge.

Whether your state uses Common Core or its own standards, your students must be able to tackle rigorous text on their assessments—especially given the fact that both ACT and SAT use advanced rigor in text and...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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Topics: Assessment
Flexibility, Failure, and Forging Ahead

Flexibility, Failure, and Forging Ahead

The beginning of any new year makes me stop and assess where I’ve been, where I am, where I’m going, and why. It also makes me think about how we help create new paths for ourselves as educators and for...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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