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Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades

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Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have touted the importance of improving educator quality as fundamental to enhancing school and student outcomes (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos,...
Author: Dana L. Bickmore
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Motivation: Understanding and Responding to Individual Differences

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A basic educational principle is that no matter how well teachers design their instruction, students who refuse to engage can ensure the teachers' instruction will come to naught. This simple truth leads teachers on a...
Author: Bruce Henderson, David Strahan
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Taking Education to the Cloud

“Why would anyone want to compute in a cloud?” That was my first reaction to hearing the phrase, cloud computing. Clouds are ethereal, temporary, ever-changing. Hardly sounds like a good environment for...
Author: Chuck McGill
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True Teamwork: Cohesive Co-Teaching

True Teamwork: Cohesive Co-Teaching

Sharing the classroom with another teacher can bring out the best in both of you.

When the phone rings in the middle of summer and you see your principal’s number coming across the screen, you can’t help but wonder, “What did I do?” A few years ago, when I answered such a...
Author: Samantha Dooley
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Tags: Inclusion
How Rich Is Your Classroom Discourse?

How Rich Is Your Classroom Discourse?

Effective class discussions focus on critical thinking rather than right answers.

You ask the students, “What is the main idea of the passage?” Joseph responds, “Always persevere,” to which you reply, “Very good, Joseph.” In the average classroom, as much as...
Author: Jelani Jabari
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Topics: Teaching
Would You Like to Make a Statement?

Would You Like to Make a Statement?

What should school leaders do when a reporter is at their door?

“Hi, this is Larry Jones from XYZ paper and I would like to ask you a few questions about allegations of bullying by teachers at your school.” “Good morning. This is Sarah Brown from station ABC....
Author: Kelly McBride
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Topics: Leadership
Portrait of a Teacher Hero

Portrait of a Teacher Hero

What kind of teacher can compel 60 middle school students to read an entire book about salt?

On a snowy Saturday at around 9:00 a.m., a stream of young adolescents straggles into a Barnes & Noble book store. At this early hour, they are the only customers. Some walk in with their parents; others are...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Topics: Teaching
Keeping Students Engaged with Mini-Lessons

Keeping Students Engaged with Mini-Lessons

Quick lessons in the middle of class keep students active and focused.

“Class is over? Wow, that went fast!” That’s one of the biggest compliments a teacher can get. It means our students were engaged in their work. Research shows that the average young...
Author: Nichole Carter
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Topics: Teaching

Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents

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Early adolescence is a distinct period of human growth and development situated between childhood and adolescence. During this remarkable stage of the life cycle, young adolescents, 10- to 15-year-olds, experience...
Author: Micki Caskey, Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
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Using Formative Assessments to Individualize Instruction and Promote Learning

Using Formative Assessments to Individualize Instruction and Promote Learning

Like most terms in education, assessment brings to mind a wide range of conceptions and emotions. Today the trend toward using summative testing for accountability points out the disparate understandings of...
Author: Juliann M. Kaftan, Gayle A. Buck, Alysa Haack
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