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Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

We know that young people have a lot to gain from volunteering. But a recent study suggests the personal benefits are greater than you might expect. Prudential Financial's Spirit of Community Initiative surveyed...
Author: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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Understanding the Election Process through Math in Middle School

Understanding the Election Process through Math in Middle School

Integrating global issues in the middle school math classroom makes math come alive and engage the students in a very effective way. As the Asia Society so eloquently puts it, "Math is a powerful tool for global...
Author: Alessandra King
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Topics: Teaching
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Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices

The new 3 Rs—respect, responsibility, and relationships.

What does discipline look like in your classroom? In your school? How do those who have been harmed have a voice in the discipline process? How do students with repeated behavioral issues get support? What Is...
Author: Brandie Oliver
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The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

Time to bask in the warm, effervescent glow of another R word as it pertains to middle level education! Here it is: Relationship. It is almost impossible to think about middle level education and not simultaneously...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Minor Threat, Seeing Red and School Improvement

What songs come to mind when you think about early adolescence? What artists helped you navigate those often turbulent waters and also helped you celebrate the wonderful wilds of the middle grades? Who's on that...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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R in Effect: The ABCs of Middle Level Education

R in Effect: The ABCs of Middle Level Education

I'm Seeing Red! How About You?

So here's the first R word that's on my mind for the world of Middle Level Education. Red. Recently, I’ve taken to wearing red shoes—to AMLE, at workshops, to schools, at the AMLE annual conference. With...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Global Podcast about the ABCs of Middle Level Education

Global Podcast about the ABCs of Middle Level Education

Dru Talks with Adolescent Success from Australia

Check out this global podcast from Singapore! I had the honor of talking with the outstanding David Wilcox from Adolescent Success, Australia's leading organization dedicated to supporting young adolescents and...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Ideas for creating an environment for elementary and middle school teachers to collaborate

One of the highlights of my first year at West Rowan Middle School was helping organize a collaborative opportunity between our sixth grade teachers and the fifth grade teachers at our feeder schools. This was the...
Author: Derek L. McCoy
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Set High Standards for Your Students and for Your Lessons

Set High Standards for Your Students and for Your Lessons

How your teaching philosophy can guide inspiration and creativity in the classroom

One of my first mini-lessons in my fifth-grade language arts and social studies class is to have my students write a six-word memoir. For this assignment, students have only six words to share the most important thing...
Author: Stephanie Stoebe
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Getting Students Excited about Analytical Writing

Getting Students Excited about Analytical Writing

Imagine students wanting to improve their writing—just because!

What if students improved their writing because they wanted to, not just to get a good grade? What if their motivation to do better was fueled by teacher conferences and quick feedback? That fantasy could be closer...
Author: Joy Mushacke Smith
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