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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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History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

Weaving the fun of cosplaying with social studies gives history a life of its own.

Every summer, thousands of comic book fans make the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, for HeroesCon. During this three-day convention, hundreds of fans dress up like Batman, Stormtroopers, Spiderman, Iron Man, taking...
Author: Nefertari Yancie, Jeremiah Clabough
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Cultivating Connections with Diverse Families

Cultivating Connections with Diverse Families

Opportunities abound for teachers to make connections with diverse families.

As we welcome students into our classrooms each year, we are reminded of the important role families play in our students' education. We listen as administrators discuss the importance of community and parental...
Author: Brooke Eisenbach, Summer Clark, Amy Gooden
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Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Making Introductory Lessons Higher-Level

Make introductory lessons opportunities for higher-level critical thinking.

One of my favorite administrative responsibilities is visiting classrooms and observing lessons. I view those visits and the follow-up conversations with teachers as opportunities to share ideas and expand our...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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