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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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Spotlight on Lead2Feed

We asked Debby Dodge, grant manager for Lead2Feed/Lift a Life Foundation, a series of questions about the important part service learning and common vision play in developing caring, compassionate young...
Author: AMLE
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The Importance of Early Adolescence

As schools around the world prepare to celebrate Middle Level Education Month in March, we wish to bring you enduring words of wisdom from Dr. John Lounsbury, a middle level education advocate and founding member of...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Contributing by Writing

Writing for education publications is a thrill. It’s synergistic, too. Writing about teaching makes us better teachers, and teaching students makes us better writers. And though we may not realize it at first,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Minds-On, Hands-Off Learning

Minds-On, Hands-Off Learning

Allowing students freedom within boundaries promotes dynamic learning.

Middle school students are growing and developing into actively thinking young adults. To become critical thinkers who take ownership of their work, they need guided autonomy embedded in rich learning experiences....
Author: Alicia A. Cole
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Weaving Math and Language Arts Literacy

Weaving Math and Language Arts Literacy

Helping students see the connection between math and English/language arts builds their skills in both areas.

Why do students think they have to choose to be "good at math" or "good at English"? Why do they assume the two are somehow disconnected? The fact is that math can enhance students’ abilities in written and...
Author: Terri Teal Bucci, Lee J. McEwan
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Spread the Word ... Share the Learning!

Spread the Word ... Share the Learning!

The sessions... The speakers... The tweets... The conversations... The strategies... The ideas... The attendees! All of these ingredients (and more) made for a thrilling and informative recipe in Nashville at...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Pre-teaching Warm Ups: Mental Calisthenics

Pre-teaching Warm Ups: Mental Calisthenics

Learning objectives have been developed. Excellent lessons have been planned. Materials have been gathered and organized. Technological devices are checked and operational. It is time to deliver…or so most...
Author: Elyse S. Scott
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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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